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Squad Depth to be tested, says Griffith

06 January 2020

Hobart Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith is confident his squad will be up to the challenge of covering for the loss of some key players over the coming weeks.

Gun batsman D’Arcy Short has played his last game in purple for at least two weeks as he prepares to jet off to India with Australia’s ODI side, while rising star Riley Meredith (side) looks set to join experienced all-rounder James Faulkner (calf) on the sidelines.

Short’s departure will be somewhat off-set by the impending return of Matthew Wade, with the skipper set to link-up with the Hurricanes following the Test series against New Zealand.

“One of the things we talked about at the start of the season was the depth of our squad,” Griffith said after Monday night’s win against the Perth Scorchers.

“We wanted to use them all – probably not in this way – but unfortunately Jimmy with his calf and Riley with his side (will force changes).

“We’ve played some really, really good cricket, and we just haven’t quite nailed it at other times.

“It just shows the character of the group to bounce back the way we have after a few niggles along the way… we’re off to Brisbane now then Sydney, and we’ll see how we go there.”

Meredith will head back to Hobart today to be assessed, after injuring himself while bowling his second over against the Scorchers.

“He’s been arguably our best bowler this tournament, he’s bowled well every game,” Griffith said.

“He’s been outstanding and we’ll be really cautious with him to manage him through this, get some physio into him when he gets home and some scans done and see where we’re at.

“We’re hoping it’s just a minor thing.”

South African import David Miller didn’t field after having some calf tightness while batting but remains a chance to play against the Brisbane Heat on Thursday night.

“Dave was a bit tight, but he’ll come with us to Brisbane and we’ll see how he’s travelling,” Griffith said.

“He still could run between the wickets but he was limited, that’s why we didn’t put him in the field.”