Big Bash League preview: Hobart Hurricanes team guide
The Hobart Hurricanes had an excellent regular season during BBL|08 and are hoping to reach new heights in BBL|09.
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Strongly benefiting from the power of D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade, the Hobart Hurricanes finished first during the BBL|08 regular season, but lost to Melbourne Stars in the semi-final. Given their consistency, the fact that they didn't manage to at least reach the final was disappointing. The men in purple are definitely hoping to redeem themselves.
With some key players likely to be occupied with international duties this summer, the Hobart Hurricanes have signed South African batsman David Miller as a replacement for Jofra Archer. Afghan player Qais Ahmad also joined the squad after playing a handful of games for the Hurricanes last year and making a solid first impression. The Hurricanes have a great chance of finally fulfilling their potential during BBL|09.
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How to watch Hobart Hurricanes BBL matches
Cricket fans can watch Hobart Hurricanes matches live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. You can check out our guide on how to watch the BBL for more details.
Stream BBL on Kayo Sports
You can follow the Hurricanes every step of the way with Kayo Sports, which offers extensive coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world. Basic subscriptions costs $25/month and support two simultaneous streams, while Premium subscriptions let you watch on three screens at the same time for $35/month. Regardless of which option you choose, new customers get a 14-day free trial.
Content on Kayo Sports is available both live and on demand. Plus, the platform offers exciting features like SplitView, which lets you watch up to four videos at once on the same screen. Read our full Kayo Sports review for details. The service works on web, mobile devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Samsung TVs (2018 or later) and Chromecast.
Watch Hobart Hurricanes on Foxtel
On TV, you can watch all Hobart Hurricanes matches live with Foxtel iQ, as long as you have the Sports HD pack. You need to get it on top of the basic Foxtel Plus pack, which gives you access to entertainment and lifestyle channels. Users also get the iQ4, the set-top box that enables you to record live TV and watch content in 4K video quality. Additionally, you can stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, which is free with your subscription.
Hobart Hurricanes matches also stream on Foxtel Now, included in the Sport channel pack. It costs $29/month on top of the base Essentials channel pack, which is $25/month. If you're a new customer, you get a 10-day free trial. Foxtel Now is available via laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app, as well as on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4, and the Foxtel Now box.
Hobart Hurricanes schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Fri, 20 Dec||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers||Traeger Park||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 22 Dec||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes||TBC||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Mon, 30 Dec||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||University of Tasmania Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 3 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat||Blundstone Arena||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 5 Jan||Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Optus Stadium||9:40 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Thu, 9 Jan||Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes||The Gabba||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sat, 11 Jan||Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes||Sydney Showground Stadium||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Mon, 13 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers||Blundstone Arena||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thu, 16 Jan||Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes||SCG||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 19 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers||University of Tasmania Stadium||2:45 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tue, 21 Jan||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes||Marvel Stadium||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Fri, 24 Jan||Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder||Blundstone Arena||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sun, 26 Jan||Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes||Adelaide Oval||7:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Besides the addition of David Miller and Qais Ahmad, the Hobart Hurricanes also signed Scott Boland from the Melbourne Stars. Meanwhile, Johan Botha retired. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:
|Player||Age||Caps||Position||Batting rank||Bowling rank||Allrounder rank|
|Matthew Wade (c)||31||115||Wicketkeeper||>100||>100||>100|
Hobart Hurricanes history
The Hobart Hurricanes are based in Tasmania and play most of their home matches at Blundstone Arena, with some at University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston. Matthew Wade is the current team captain, while Adam Griffith has been coaching the team since BBL|08.
The Hurricanes are one of only two teams to never win the BBL, despite being runners-up twice, for BBL|03 and BBL|07. They hit a rough patch during BBL|05 and BBL|06, placing seventh and failing to qualify for the finals both times.
As a fun fact, the Hurricanes were the first BBL franchise to have their own team song, performed to the tune of When Johnny Comes Marching Home.
Image source: Hobart Hurricanes website
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