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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.

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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

The Hobart Hurricanes start the new BBL season against Sydney Sixers on Friday 20 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09 or see the entire Big Bash League 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
George Bailey 37 199 Batter >100 >100 >100
Jake Jordan Batter >100 >100 >100
James Faulkner 29 199 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Jarrod Freeman 19 2 >100 >100 >100
Caleb Jewel 22 8 Batter >100 >100 >100
Ben McDermott 25 46 Batter >100 >100 >100
Simon Milenko 31 29 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
David Moody 24 5 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Tom Rogers 25 - Allrounder >100 >100 >100
D'Arcy Short 29 74 Allrounder 20 >100 14
Aaron Summers 23 3 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Matthew Wade (c) 31 115 Wicketkeeper >100 >100 >100
Scott Boland 30 36 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Nathan Ellis 25 1 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Riley Meredith 23 15 >100 >100 >100
Clive Rose 30 44 Bowler >100 >100 >100
David Miller 30 126 Batter >100 >100 20

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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