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Canes Cool With Stocks They've Got

07 January 2019

Hobart may continue with just one overseas player and expect Tim Paine to take a break between Test campaigns.

The Hobart Hurricanes don't expect Australian skipper Tim Paine to return to the KFC BBL between the Test Series against India and Sri Lanka, as the ladder-leaders contemplate going through the whole tournament with just one overseas player on their list.

The Hurricanes are unbeaten from five matches this season, their winning streak coming without opener Paine and English fast-bowling import Tymal Mills, who was ruled out on the eve of the tournament with a leg injury during a warm-up practice match.

Having fielded the same XI in their opening five matches - and with the likes of D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott overlooked for Australia's ODI squad, the Hurricanes won't be forced into making many personnel changes heading into the second half of the Big Bash season.

And while they've launched a worldwide search for an overseas replacement since Mills headed home, Head Coach Adam Griffith says the club will only add a second international if they find the right fit.

"We're not going to get someone just for the sake of it," Griffith told ahead of their away clash against the Melbourne Renegades in Melbourne tonight at Marvel Stadium.

"We want to make sure they're the right person. And if the right person doesn't come up, we'll go through with the crew we've got.

"We're very, very confident in the players we have on our list at the moment to help us get through the tournament.

"We've only played 11 players so far and haven't even delved into the rest of the list yet, so we've got some super talented cricketers who haven't even played a game.

"If the right player doesn't come up, we won't get one."

Griffith confirmed that Englishman James Vince, the former Sydney Thunder batsman who is currently playing for Auckland in New Zealand's domestic competition, has been discussed as a potential signing.

He also dismissed speculation that South African powerhouse David Miller was on their radar, with the Proteas star unavailable due to international duty.

"We're looking more in the batting space at the moment as back-up in that area," he said.

"(Vince) is one player we're looking at. We've got a good relationship with the Auckland Aces, so he's one name we've discussed, but he's one of half a dozen."

The need for the Hurricanes to add batting reinforcements decreased significantly on Friday when none of their in-form batsmen were named in Australia's ODI squad to take on India.

Short and McDermott, incumbents in the ODI squad and two of the leading scorers in the JLT One-Day Cup at the start of the summer, were surprise omissions while skipper Matthew Wade had also built an irresistible case with a solid start to his BBL campaign.

Griffith is still holding out hope that Wade could earn a Test recall for the series against Sri Lanka, even if his absence would hurt Hobart's hopes of winning their maiden BBL title.

"You're always disappointed when players in your group who you think should be playing for Australia don't get selected," he said.

"I'm sure selectors have got their reasons behind what they've done, but we were a little bit disappointed and shocked that not one of them got selected (in the ODI squad).

"If there's an injury, we've got three pretty good players ready to go.

"And with the Tests against Sri Lanka, who knows?

"Wadey's in pretty good form, he's the leading run-scorer in the country for the last 12 months and he's put a pretty good case forward.

"He knows his game inside out and he's super confident at the moment.

"While he's in that frame of mind, he just expects to make runs every time he walks onto the ground."

Griffith confirmed Paine is likely to rest leading into the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts at the Gabba on January 24.

The right-hander, who opened for Hobart in their semi-final and final last season, could conceivably be available for two away matches before the Test squad gathers in Brisbane, but Griffith says discussions with the 34-year-old indicate he might take a much-needed break.

"I'm in constant contact with Tim," he said.

"We'll discuss it further, but it might be a really good opportunity for him to have a bit of a spell, spend some time with his family and regenerate a bit to ensure he's ready to go for the Sri Lankan Test Series."


Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat - 4pm Tuesday 29 January, Blundstone Arena, Hobart - NB: LIVE Fox Sports TV ONLY.


Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers - 7:30pm Thursday 31 January, University Of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston.


Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades - 7:30pm Thursday 7 February, Blundstone Arena, Hobart.