Hurricanes captain George Bailey insists leading his side to a maiden BBL title would be one of the highlights of his career, and that he has the side to do it.
Bailey, a Tasmanian native, is an Ashes, World Cup and Sheffield Shield winner, and a former Australian limited overs captain, but is adamant ahead of Sunday's BBL|07 final that a BBL title would be one of his most prized accomplishments.
The Hurricanes stormed into Sunday's BBL|07 final with a clinical 71-run win over the reigning champions, and ladder-leading Perth Scorchers.
The Hurricanes skipper faced the media today ahead of Sunday's historic BBL|07 Final at the Adelaide Oval. Here's what he had to say on a variety of topics ahead of the Hurricanes' biggest test to date.
On what it would mean to captain the Hurricanes to a BBL title...
"It absolutely would be (a career highlight). The tournament has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years and for domestic cricketers it is one of the great competitions. With the big crowds there is just an an air of excitement throughout the whole summer - it would be huge to win."
On the return of Hurricanes star D'Arcy Short and Strikers' duo Alex Carey and Travis Head from Australian Twenty-20 duties...
"You just want your best players playing - it's great for both teams and great for the tournament in general."
"As fans and as players, if we are going to be winning a tournament, we want to be winning against the absolute best and playing in the best possible team you can - it's a great compromise (to have them back)."
"It is a great boost to have our best players playing in the final. D'Arcy has been our linchpin and a real match winner for us, it's fantastic to have him back."
WATCH: Short's breathtaking century extinguishes the Heat
On dealing with a boisterious Adelaide home crowd...
"You start the year trying to make the grand final and to play in the grand final. We are happy to play it wherever we can."
"You don't really have a choice when you finish fourth. You're pretty thrilled to be in a final and we felt pretty grateful to be in the finals once we left our destiny in other team's hands.
"(We) played a terrific game the other night which gives us great confidence leading into the final. The crowd won't be with us, but it's not a bad place to have the crowd against us, it's a fantastic stadium and one worthy of a grand final. It's great to be here."
On whether Cameron Boyce will make his way back into the side...
"He certainly comes into calculations given his record here and having a leg-spinner at this ground. It is hard to change the line-up from the other night as that worked pretty well, but we will be making those decisions."
On the thrilling Strikers win over the Renegades...
"I was watching the game with Painey and with about three overs to go we were pretty thrilled that e had made our way through to the grand final and that we weren't involved in that game- it was a great game to watch and i reckon it would've been pretty nerve-wracking to play in."
On how the Hurricanes will juggle the return of D'Arcy Short, the red hot form of Matthew Wade, and the presence of Tim Paine into the batting line-up...
"It is hard to move Wadey given how great he has been in D'Arcy's absence, and even when D'Arcy has been there. Our batting order has been particularly flexible all tournament, so hopefully that continues."
WATCH: Wade shines in the west
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