The Hobart Hurricanes will face the Sydney Sixers at the SCG tonight, in a game which looms large in the context of the KFC BBL|09 season.
After consecutive losses to the Scorchers, Thunder and Heat, the Hurricanes have a record of 3-6 and sit seventh on the BBL ladder.
Monday night’s 77 run loss to the Scorchers has forced Head Coach Adam Griffith’s hand, with Mac Wright coming into the 13-man squad at the expense of Simon Milenko (omitted).
Last time we met...
BBL|09 – Match 4 – 20 December 2019
The Hurricanes and Sixers last met in Alice Springs, with the Hurricanes beginning their BBL campaign in the best possible way, defeating the Sixers by 25 runs.
D’Arcy Short’s 51 and contributions from Ben McDermott, David Miller and George Bailey lifted the Hurricanes to 129, before Qais Ahmad tore through the Sixers batting line-up. The Afghan spinner was unplayable, taking 4/12 off his four overs, including the key wickers of Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott to restrict the Sixers to 104.
Clive Rose v Josh Phillippe
Hurricanes spinner Clive Rose put immediate pressure on the Scorchers on Monday night, with a high-quality spell in the powerplay which included the wicket of Sam Whiteman.
If Rose is used in the same capacity against the Sixers, he’ll run into 22-year-old opener Josh Phillippe, who is one of the most dynamic young cricketers in the country. Phillippe made 24 in his last matchup with the Hurricanes and is hard to reign in if he gets going.
The burning question...
Can the Hurricanes turn the tide and keep their season alive?
With five games left in the regular season, the Hurricanes will need to come alive to remain in contention for the BBL title. A win against the Sixers tonight is the first step. Cricket – especially the shorter forms – can change in the blink of an eye, and the Hurricanes will be looking for a change in fortunes.
It’s a big game for...
The skipper has succeeded in all levels of the game all over the world, and will no doubt play a key role as the Hurricanes look to snap their recent run of form. Wade compiled 16 against the Thunder before being dismissed for four in the Hurricanes’ loss against the Scorchers.