Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
|Date||Ground||Home||Big Bash Matches||Away||Live TV||Live Odds|
|Sun 18th Dec||WACA 6:00pm||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Fox Sports 2 9:00pm||Betting|
|Wed 21st Dec||Blundstone Arena 7:00pm||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
|Wed 28th Dec||Adelaide Oval 7:00pm||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Fox Sports 2 7:00pm||Betting|
|Sun 1st Jan||Blundstone Arena 7:00pm||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
|Fri 6th Jan||GABBA 6:30pm||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||Fox Sports 2 7:00pm||Betting|
|Mon 9th Jan||Blundstone Arena 7:00pm||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
|Wed 18th Jan||Blundstone Arena 4:00pm||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades||Fox Sports 2 6:30pm||Betting|
If you looked at him for the first time, you’d swear Tim Paine had just graduated from high school. But in fact he’s 27-years-old and has been on the Australian domestic cricket scene since 2005. Now he finds himself captain of the Hobart Hurricanes. For such a young man, Paine is one of the classiest players in the country, both on and off the field and with both bat and gloves. He has tremendous balance and poise behind the stumps, two critical characteristics for T20 wicketkeepers. But it is with the bat that Paine, who should open the batting, could prove a huge threat.
He’s big, he’s large, he’s huge…you get the picture. But above all, Mark Cosgrove is an excellent batsman and is close to impossible to dismiss once the ball starts to find the middle of his bat. The 27-year-old, who has consistently come under scrutiny for being overweight in the past, is a clean and natural striker of the ball. Cosgrove has a see-ball-hit-ball mentality, which is perfect for the T20 format. He has probably underperformed a little in the T20 format so far, averaging just 25 from his 64 matches. But who knows – this could be Cosgrove’s breakthrough T20 summer.
Rana Naved and Tasmania have developed a special relationship over the past couple of years. The 33-year-old played two seasons with the Tasmanian Tigers and was a huge hit with his teammates and fans. And the Imran Khan look-a-like will return to the Apple Isle once again to play with the Hurricanes in the inaugural season of the Big Bash League. Rana is the perfect T20 pace bowler, because he bowls with intelligence. He mixes his pace up, can swing the ball both ways and knows exactly where to pitch the ball at the death of an innings. With the long hair and big smile, Rana is sure to be a Big Bash fan favourite.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
Looking at the Hurricanes’ roster, there is certainly no shortage of class players.
The batting line-up seems scary, with the likes of Paine, Cosgrove, Travis Birt, Phil Jaques, Owais Shah and the irrepressible Ricky Ponting all set to feature heavily. All of those players will enjoy Blundstone Arena’s relatively short boundaries.
The bowling line-up looks just as solid, headlined by Rana, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Jason Krejza and world-class T20 spinner Xavier Doherty. Rana and Hilfenhaus, both genuine swing bowlers, could cause some serious problems for opposition batsmen in the swing-friendly conditions in Bellerive.
Perhaps Hobart’s biggest issue is that there are very few players who could win games with both bat and ball. In other words, the Hurricanes have no genuine all-rounders.
Having said that, both their batting and bowling attacks are extremely solid, meaning a there may be no need for a genuine all-rounder.
Most of Hobart’s players were part of the Tasmania T20 side that finished third last season. So the majority of this team will be out for revenge.
Expect the Hurricanes to push for top-two status.
Make The Final ($4.25 – Centrebet)
Most Tournament Runs – Mark Cosgrove ($5.50 – Sportingbet)