When will the Hurricanes make waves in the BBL?
Tasmania’s purple haze has always promised a lot, but failed to deliver silverware in their six seasons in the competition to date.
Besides an unlikely Grand Final appearance in 2013/14, Hobart has failed to make an impression.
Recent years have not been kind either, finishing seventh in both of the last two seasons, despite boasting some of the game’s biggest names.
So where to from here? Led by Australian limited overs stalwart George Bailey and featuring some quality international-level talent, the Hurricanes have the troops to chase a spot in the finals, but will need some of its younger, unknown brigade to step up if they are to surprise punters who have them wallowing in the bottom half again.
Do the Hurricanes provide any value for betting this season?
We’ll look at the odds, squad, fixture and best markets in our full team preview.
About the Hobart Hurricanes
|Home ground:||Blundstone Arena|
|Coach:||Gary Kirsten (RSA)|
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Hobart Hurricanes fixture
|Melbourne Renegades||Thursday, December 21, 2017||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, December 30, 2017||US||7.10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Monday, January 1, 2018||Spotless Stadium||6.10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Thursday, January 4, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Monday, January 8, 2018||Blundstone Arena||6.10pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Wednesday, January 10, 2018||Gabba||7.40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Monday, January 15, 2018||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Wednesday, January 17, 2018||Adelaide Oval||7.40pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, January 20, 2018||WACA||9.20pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 27, 2018||MCG||4.10pm AEDT|
Hobart Hurricanes squad
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Hobart Hurricanes futures betting
There’s little faith in the Hobart Hurricanes in 2017/18, who sit at $11 at CrownBet.com.au to win a drought-breaking title.
Looking at the squad assembled and it’s troubles from last season, it’s hard to recommend any futures betting on Hobart. But, there are quality names on this list and if they get off to a hot start, they will certainly provide value for money at the juiciest odds in the competition.
Tips for betting on the Hobart Hurricanes
Who can pull the Hurricanes out of the doldrums in BBL7?
Most wickets betting:
Keep an eye on Cameron Boyce here. Blundstone Arena has proven to be a spinner-friendly deck and Boyce is going to get a big opportunity in the middle overs in each game to take wickets.
Boyce, who has had handy returns thus far in his short career, is the second favourite in the market at +250.
Most runs betting:
Captain George Bailey leads the betting here at $2.50 to top the runs list for the purple brigade. Now that the skip is finished with international duty, you can expect him to play every game and bat high in the order with a lot of responsibility.
We think Bailey is the obvious candidate here, but keep a close eye on Dan Christian at $15 at CrownBet, who can hit big runs and will be asked to bat up the order for this struggling team.
Hobart Hurricanes all-time XI
While he’s no longer with the Hurricanes, opening bat Ben Dunk was a revelation for the Hurricanes in the opening seasons of the competition – with explosive knocks at the top of the order catapulting him from unknown status to the Australian T20 side.
Tim Paine has been with the Hurricanes since day dot and has been a consistent opener and great leader.
The Hurricanes may not have seen the best years of Ricky Ponting, he makes this team purely on merit as one of Australia’s all-time greats.
George Bailey and Travis Birt will provide quality middle-order hitting and West Indian recruit Darren Sammy has been the best of many failed recruiting attempts.
Xavier Doherty would love operating in the middle overs after Stuart Broad and Shaun Tait have softened up the opposition with the new ball.
1. Ben Dunk
2. Tim Paine
3. Ricky Ponting
4. George Bailey (c)
5. Daniel Christian
6. Travis Birt
7. Ben McDermott
8. Darren Sammy
9. Xavier Doherty
10. Stuart Broad
11. Shaun Tait
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