Playing out of the Bellerive Oval in Tasmania, the story of the Hurricanes in the Big Bash has mostly been one of disappointment. They’ve never won the BBL before with two runner-up spots the best they have to show for their efforts.
Too often their bowling hasn’t been to the same standard as their batting and last year it cost them as they failed to make the Playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
They’ll be hoping things will be different in this year’s BBL. They have three strong overseas signings, however, Big Bash betting sites still has them as outsiders.
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Hobart Hurricanes best odds
BBL bookies have taken note of the Hurricanes’ struggles over the years. In fact, some of the best cricket betting sites have them as one of three teams to be considered outsiders for 2021-22. The best odds for Hobart Hurricanes to win the Big Bash is 8.0 with 10CRIC.
It’s a fair price for a team who is always dangerous with the bat, strong at home and well-led but one who rarely looks to be the all-round package.
Predicted Group Stage Finish: 6th
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Hobart Hurricanes performance 2020-21
The Hurricanes finished sixth in the Group Stages, winning seven and losing seven.
In the end they finished on the same number of points (28) as the Strikers but just with a worse net run rate, or else they would have squeezed into the Playoffs.
And they had every chance of doing so. Chasing just 150 against the bottom of the table Melbourne Renegades in their final match, they managed just 139 in reply.
But they probably didn’t deserve much better.
They did admittedly have to make do without star man (with the ball) Jofra Archer through injury, while skipper Matthew Wade was unavailable for all but three of their matches on international duty.
Overseas imports Dawid Malan and Colin Ingram both had quiet tournaments, each scoring just one fifty in ten innings.
Still, three bowlers took 16 or more wickets- Riley Meredith, Scott Boland and Nathan Ellis- though they weren’t always particularly economical.
Hobart Hurricanes performance 2019-20
The Hurricanes put in a decent Group Stage performance last time out, winning six, losing seven and having one ‘no result’ in there, as well.
They finished fourth.
They may have finished higher had they had star opening pair Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short around for more of the tournament.
Both missed matches on Australia duty but despite playing just nine games while others played 15, they were still the team’s top scorers with 351 and 357 runs respectively.
In the Eliminator against the fifth-placed Sydney Thunder, they conceded 197/5 and that was that, not even coming close to chasing that total.
Another season of what may have been.
Hobart Hurricanes facts
- They were the first BBL side to have their own team song, which was written by then captain Tim Paine, currently captain of Australia’s Test side.
- Hobart Hurricanes are one of two teams to have never won the BBL. The other being the Melbourne Stars.
- Wade and Short have the record for the highest partnership in BBL history, scoring 203 between them against the Strikers in January 2020.
- Wade’s 130 off 61 in that same match is the second-highest individual score in BBL history.
- Released BBL veteran and man of the match of the 2015 ODI World Cup final, James Faulkner, in the off-season.
Melbourne Stars 2021-22 players
Scott Boland, Tim David. Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (c), Mac Wright, Sandeep Lamichhane, Caleb Jewell, Joel Paris, Harry Brook, Josh Kann, Tom Rogers, Jordan Thompson
Captain: Mathew Wade
Now 33, Wade has been lots of things as a cricketer including Test wicket-keeper batsman, middle-order ODI batsman, and for the past few years Hurricanes opening batsman and captain.
At the recent T20 World Cup, he batted at seven as well as keeping wicket, and rescued his team in the semi-final against Pakistan when they looked dead and buried.
Often alongside D’Arcy Short, he’s fired at the top of the order playing a combination of proper cricket shots and big slogs.
He’s taken his time to work out how to open in T20s but his past few seasons have been prolific, ending as BBL second top run-scorer with 592 three years ago and scoring 351 at an average of 50 the year before.
And in 2021-22 they’re likely to have him for the whole season, after not being included in the Ashes squad. It’s certainly excellent news for the Hurricanes.
Key Player: D’Arcy Short
Rather like Chris Lynn at the Heat, Short just hasn’t been able to do for his country what he can do for his BBL team.
Since being promoted to open four seasons ago, he’s scored 572, 637 and 357 and 345 runs in his last four campaigns at an average of 57, 53, 45 and 24. That’s included 18 fifties and two centuries.
2017-18 and 2018-19, he was top run-scorer and Player of the Tournament in the process.
Also an occasional handy left-arm spinner, he’s charged with fast starts at the top of the order where his fierce hitting can quickly put bowling sides under pressure.
Won’t miss any matches on international duty.
Game-changer: Nathan Ellis
Ellis impressed for the Hurricanes last year with 20 wickets in 14 matches, at a strike rate of 16.
An economy rate of 8.31 was a bit on the high side but can somewhat be excused, given how many wickets he took.
On the back of that 2020-21 season he got an IPL contract at the Punjab Kings, and his T20I debut for Australia.
He took 3-34 against Bangladesh in only his second match for Australia but wasn’t so good in the IPL and didn’t play much. He also didn’t make the cut for the World Cup.
But now back in the BBL, his pace at the start of the innings will be on show once again.
Hobart Hurricanes BBL 2021-22 analysis
There’s certainly plenty of batting in there. Just about every other team will be jealous of their Top 6, packed with experienced BBL campaigners and plenty of big-hitters.
They’ll lack the star quality of Archer (who wouldn’t have played anyway even if he was fit because of the Ashes) once again.
But the availability of Wade is a huge boost in his triple role as captain, wicket-keeper and opening batsman.
But they probably won’t win many matches defending totals and if Sandeep Lamichhane isn’t bowling well, a possibility given he’s gone off the boil a bit.
They may struggle in most games where they bat first.
Wade and Short are probably the most reliable opening partnership in the whole of the Bash.
Ben McDermott was prolific last season at three while Tim David is becoming one of the best T20 finishers in the game and will surely be featuring in the IPL soon.
Add the two English imports- Jordan Thompson and Harry Brook- and this is a serious batting line-up.
The availability of Wade just makes them tougher and better organised, too.
Only one bowler last year had an economy rate of under 7.5 and that was James Faulkner, who has since been released by Hobart.
And therein lies the problem: they rarely have anyone who comes in, goes at a run-a-ball and stops the flow of runs.
And they certainly didn’t recruit anyone who looks set to do that this year.