Hobart Hurricanes WBBL pace bowler Brooke Hepburn is confident her side can build some momentum against the Brisbane Heat to launch 2018 in style.
It has been a difficult start to the tournament for the Hurricanes, who are yet to register a victory, but Hepburn is confident the side has what it takes to get back onto the winners list sooner rather than later.
“We have gone over the past six games and looked as a whole at what we have done well and the areas we can improve on. We have gone over our plans and I think we match up really well against the Heat,” Hepburn said.
A key area of focus has been on batting, with the Hurricanes’ not posting totals of more than 100 as often as desired or required.
“It is about looking to score more runs- we have been a little lean so far. It’s about building partnerships that can hopefully hold us in good stead and give us a good score to defend.
“Our discussions have been quite in depth, looking at what we have done well and the things we need to improve on- we want to try and get off to a good start. Generally, the team who wins the powerplay goes on to win the match,” she said.
Hepburn is pleased with the intent and focus of the squad ahead of two matches against the Heat, stating every player is in a positive frame of mind for the remainder of the tournament.
“When you are losing its easy to be reserved and not bring that positivity. We have all tried to bring that to training and stay motivated for the rest of the season. We are training as hard as we can and putting the right focus on training.
“We have a really talented side and it is a big season- we still have eight games and a lot to play for.
“Twenty-20 cricket is all about momentum, so getting that first win will kick start our season and we will focus on taking that momentum into the rest of the season,” she said.
The importance of these matches for the Hurricanes’ WBBL03 campaign is not being underestimated by the squad, but Hepburn insists the side understands the need for taking the tournament one match at a time.
“I think both games are must-win matches for us at this stage. For us we can’t look any further ahead than the first game, it’s important to get everything right that first game,” Hepburn said.
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Hepburn plays a crucial role for the side with the ball, and she is hoping to continue to do what she can to help the Hurricanes find some form after an impressive spell of 2-14 in the first match against the Thunder.
“My role is to keep it tight and get some wickets where I can. My consistency probably hasn’t been there for the first part of the season, so for me it is about going in with a confident plan and executing as best I can,” she said.
The Hobart Hurricanes take on the Brisbane Heat in a standalone fixture on Sunday January 7 from 10am, while also playing on Monday January 8 at 1.20pm as part of a double-header with the men’s BBL clash between the Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers.