Three up and coming domestic players will join the Hobart Hurricanes next season as the BBL|03 grand finalists close in on finalising their squad for the summer.
Timm van der Gugten, Jake Reed and Dominic Michael have all signed with the Hurricanes for BBL|04.
van der Gugten has been on the Hurricanes list for the past two seasons after spending BBL|01 with Sydney Thunder.
The 23-year-old is yet to make his debut for the Hurricanes but is more likely than ever to run out in purple this season after a fantastic performance for the Netherlands during the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup.
van der Gugten claimed the wickets of some of the world’s best T20 players in Brendan McCullum, JP Duminy and Eoin Morgan while averaging just 6.4 runs per over for the tournament.
Standing at 1.87m, the right-arm quick says he learnt a lot about bowling in T20 cricket during the tournament.
“I feel I grew a lot as a player throughout the World Cup,” said van der Gugten.
“Playing against some of the best T20 sides in the world like Sri Lanka, England and South Africa I learnt a lot about my game and executing under pressure.”
“I think I am ready to step up for the Hurricanes this season.”
Jake Reed is another fast bowler that will be looking to push his way into the Hurricanes side this season.
A ‘tear-away quick’, Reed is capable of reaching speeds in the mid-140km range.
Reed faced off against many of the Hurricanes’ squad during Tasmania’s Bupa Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria back in March.
Hurricanes wicket-keeper Tim Paine says Reed was one of the fastest bowlers he has faced in domestic cricket.
“I was really impressed by Jakey,” said Paine.
“When I saw the pace he was bowling I immediately thoughtwe could use him at the Hurricanes.”
The 23-year-old got a taste of the BBL after he was picked as a replacement for injured Australian superstar James Pattinson by the Melbourne Renegades last season.
The Hurricanes have also signed dynamic batsman Dominic Michael for BBL|04.
Michael has also been involved in the BBL following a stint with the Brisbane Heat in 2012-13 and as a member of Hobart’s supplementary list for BBL|03.
Michael played in Brisbane’s Champions League campaign back in 2013.
“I’m really excited to part of the squad this summer,” said Michael.
“It’s such a great bunch of guys and some of the best coaches’ Australian cricket has to offer.”
Hobart Hurricanes so far…
George Bailey, Travis Birt, Cameron Boyce, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Alex Hales, Ben Hilfenhaus, Joe Mennie, Dominic Michael, Tim Paine, Sam Rainbird, Jake Reed, Darren Sammy, Timm van der Gugten, Jon Wells.