The Hobart Hurricanes will welcome back D’Arcy Short and James Faulkner for a crucial clash with the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena tonight.
Short – who was part of Australia’s 13-man ODI squad that returned from India – will play his seventh KFC BBL|09 game, after amassing 248 runs at an average of 49.60.
Faulkner has rejoined the squad after recovering from a calf tear sustained on 3 January against the Brisbane Heat. The experienced international replaces Jake Reed.
The Hurricanes held on against the Melbourne Renegades to keep their season alive on Tuesday night, winning by four runs. Mac Wright top-scored with 70*, while Nathan Ellis bowled a clutch last over to seal the win.
Last time we met...
BBL|09 – Match 31 – 11 January 2020
A 96-run stand between Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja gave the Thunder a perfect platform, as they overran the Hurricanes by four wickets at the Sydney Showgrounds.
George Bailey lead the way with 43, with Clive Rose the pick of the bowlers, taking 2/27 off four overs.
Qais Ahmad v Alex Hales
Ahmad gave the Hurricanes early momentum against the Renegades, surrendering eight from his first two overs.
If he plays the same role against the Thunder, he’ll run into Englishman Alex Hales, who blasted 55 off 36 deliveries at the top of the order.
Ahmad picked up one wicket in the Hurricanes’ recent win against the Renegades.
The burning question...
Can the Hurricanes keep it rolling?
After some disappointing performances, the Hurricanes bounced back in a big way against Melbourne and will have no fears facing the Thunder tonight. Three batsmen got starts against the Thunder last time out but failed to go on with it. In the last two games however, David Miller, Mac Wright and Matthew Wade have all passed 65, which resulted in competitive totals of 176 and 190.
It’s a big game for...
Despite being one of the world’s most damaging limited overs batsman, Short was not picked for Australia’s three ODIs against India. He’ll return to the Hurricanes having played his last game of BBL on 5 January against the Scorchers, where he blasted 103*.