Currently sitting fourth, the Hurricanes sit three points above the Brisbane Heat – and will look to consolidate their spot by completing the season double against Adelaide. When the teams last met a week ago at Arena, Hobart were 7 wicket winners chasing down 175 – largely due to the heroics of Ben McDermott.
McDermott smashed a thrilling 110* not out off just 60 deliveries to steer the ‘Canes to victory with nine balls to spare – but Hobart will be hoping to share the load this time round to ease the pressure on the BBL’s leading run scorer.
Unfortunately – the ‘Canes will be without star quick Nathan Ellis – who misses due to a side strain sustained at training – and Josh Kann, who has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case (Kann himself has tested negative at this stage).
Hobart will be looking for a strong contribution from skipper Matthew Wade (who has missed out in his past couple of games) to aid McDermott and will continue to lean on the services of Tom Rogers and Riley Meredith to cover Ellis – who have taken 14 and 9 wickets respectively this season.
On the other side of the coin, the Hurricanes will need to strike early to dismantle the Strikers top order (Jake Weatherald and Matthew Renshaw put on over 100 runs together in the previous matchup) and do a similar job on lethal spinner Rashid Khan – who took just 1/30 at Arena.
The Hobart Hurricanes have named a 14-player squad for tomorrow’s match:
Matthew Wade (c)
Scott Boland (international commitments) and Joel Paris (injury) also remain unavailable for selection.
Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes
Wednesday 5 January
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
First ball: 6.05pm AEDT
Broadcast: 7 Cricket, Fox Cricket & SEN 1116
Livestream: Kayo Sports