Hobart Hurricanes

Hobart Hurricanes are based out of Tasmania and a franchise that exists from the inception of the Big Bash League. The Hurricanes play their home games in the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Tasmania. The franchise hasn’t won the Big Bash League title yet, but has made an appearance in two finals (2013/14 and 2017/18), losing to Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers respectively in the two finals.

The very first captain of the Hobart Hurricanes franchise is the current Australia Test skipper, Tim Paine. They finished the inaugural season as semi-finalists but did not qualify the following year before being finalists in the year after that.

Interestingly, the Hurricanes were the very first Big Bash League franchise with a team song of their own. It was written by the skipper, Tim Paine himself. Always a batting side, Hobart holds the record for the highest score in the history of the Big Bash League – a 223/8 against Melbourne Renegades in 2017.

They aren’t quite a popular franchise, though, as reflected from the crowd turnout which was less than 10k in 2019/20 on an average for a game, the lowest for any franchise in the Big Bash League last season. 

Hobart Hurricanes Fixtures

completed
10 Dec 2020,
Blundstone Arena,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
8-178
Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers
6-162
completed
13 Dec 2020,
Blundstone Arena,
Big Bash League 10
Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers
9-163
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
5-174
completed
15 Dec 2020,
University of Tasmania Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
146
Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers
5-147
completed
19 Dec 2020,
Blundstone Arena,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
4-161
Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades
5-157
completed
27 Dec 2020,
Brisbane Cricket Ground,
Big Bash League 10
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
6-152
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
7-148
completed
30 Dec 2020,
Brisbane Cricket Ground,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
150
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
8-149
completed
02 Jan 2021,
Blundstone Arena,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
5-164
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
9-143
completed
04 Jan 2021,
Blundstone Arena,
Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
6-183
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
6-173
completed
07 Jan 2021,
Optus Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
8-128
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
5-167
completed
12 Jan 2021,
Optus Stadium,
Big Bash League 10
Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers
1-140
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
5-139

The Hobart Hurricanes fixture for the 2020/21 edition of the Big Bash League sees them play the opening game in the Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers clash on December 10 at their home venue in the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. They remain at the venue for the Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers fixture on 13th December. They go on to play Renegades again at home in the Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades game.

Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat takes place twice in a week at The Gabba. At home, they play the Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars fixture and at the Optus Stadium, they play the Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder game on January 7th. 

They also play the Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers game on 12th and finish off with fixtures against Thunder, Scorchers, Renegades and Sixers in the last couple of weeks, all teams they would have played previously in the seaso. Their last four fixtures come in different grounds, namely the Showground stadium, the Marvel Stadium, the SCG and the MCG. Overall, the Hurricanes play in as many as eight stadiums this Big Bash League season with four home games at the Blundstone Arena, also known as the Bellerive Oval.

Big Bash League 2020 Table

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 Sydney Sixers 14 9 5 0 0 0.257 36
2 Perth Scorchers 14 8 5 0 1 0.851 32
3 Sydney Thunder 14 8 6 0 0 0.949 31
4 Brisbane Heat 14 7 7 0 0 -0.286 29
5 Adelaide Strikers 14 7 7 0 0 0.105 28
6 Hobart Hurricanes 14 7 7 0 0 -0.187 28
7 Melbourne Stars 14 5 8 0 1 0.14 24
8 Melbourne Renegades 14 4 10 0 0 -1.727 16

Hobart Hurricanes Team

The Hobart Hurricanes team haven’t been the most successful over the years, but if there’s one trait that’s defined them in these years, it’s their batting and batsmen. The Hurricanes have produced some exceptional players in the last decade in Australia. Their key Australian players include George Bailey, Tim Paine (both of whom went on to captain the national team), D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Dan Christian.

They have also had some impressive overseas talent with the most notable one being England pace bowler, Jofra Archer. The fast bowler gained a cult status with his stint in the franchise that drove international recognition and eventually a place in the England national team. 

Other famous foreign players that have represented them include Stuart Broad, Kumar Sangakkara, Daren Sammy, Shoaib Malik and Tim Bresnan.

The Hurricanes have stocked up on their traditional strength this season – batting. They have signed up Colin Ingram and Dawid Malan, the no.1 ranked T20 international batsman. They have also brought in Peter Handscomb for the middle overs against spin while adding underrated batter Tim David. 

The Hurricanes also have a handful of all-rounders in the team with West Indian Keemo Paul a queer addition. James Faulkner, Will Jacks, Short and Jarrod Freeman are the other all-rounders.

They have good batting depth too with Wade, Ben McDermott and the new overseas recruits, Malan and Ingram, adding balance. But the bowling is a bit of a worry. Scott Boland and Riley Meredith are aided by the uncanny Sandeep Lamichhane in the spin department, but there’s nothing much to write home about. 

Wil Parker and Mac Wright are also available for the bowling department, but it’s likely that they will once again bank on all-rounders like Faulkner and Paul for full quota of overs which isn’t ideal.

Hobart Hurricanes Players

The Hobart Hurricanes players assembled for the 2020 edition of the Big Bash League has diverse skill sets with a key focus on batting potential in the new recruits. While they have stocked up on all-rounders, it is their batsmen and the season they have that will determine Hobart’s fortunes. The Hobart Hurricanes squad has some interesting names this season and we delve into a few of them.

Colin Ingram – The South Africa-born left-hander is a terrific ball striker who has a great presence at the crease. Having plied his trade in the Indian Premier League and NatWest T20 Blast, Ingram is an excellent addition to the Hurricanes middle-order as he can anchor an innings and also go big against pace or spin in the middle overs. An underrated T20 player, Ingram will add a touch of dynamism to the Hobart Hurricanes roster in the middle overs.

Dawid Malan – The no.1 ranked T20I batter in the ICC Rankings, Malan hails from England and has taken the T20 circuit by storm with his unbelievable consistency. The no.3 batsman starts slow, but makes up for it with his excellent ball striking once settled down. Malan has a definite tempo to his innings and his biggest strength is his consistency in a format where the trait is a difficult one to maintain. He is a great addition to the Hobart Hurricanes roster for this season.

D’Arcy Short – A bludgeoning opening batter and a left-arm wrist spinner, D’Arcy Short is an all-rounder like no other in the league because of his unique bowling style. Coupled with his belligerent hitting, Short is a fantastic T20 player and an important member of the Hobart Hurricanes squad. While he may not contribute four overs every game, Short can be banked upon on slower wickets to do the job and even break a few partnerships.

Leading Runs Scorer
  • Matthew Wade – 351 at 50.14
  • D’Arcy Short – 237 at 59.25
  • Ben McDermott – 177 at 25.29

Top Run Scorers in 2020 T20 Matches

Leading Wicket Taker
  • Scott Boland – 15 at 21
  • Clive Rose – 9 at 31.11
  • Nathan Ellis – 9 at 36.78

Top Wicket Takers in 2020 T20 Matches

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