The table-toppers’ Hobart Hurricanes will take on Brisbane Heat at their home ground The Gabba on Sunday (December 27). This will be the 16th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Hobart Hurricanes have won three out of the four matches played and are currently at the number one position in the points table with 11 points. They will be facing Brisbane Heat, who are lying at the bottom of the points table, for the first time in the ongoing season.
Here, let’s take a look at how Hobart Hurricanes playing XI might shape in against Brisbane Heat:
D’Arcy Short, who had an unimpressive T20I series against India, has scored two and one runs in the last two matches. In the first match as well, he was out for a duck.
The opening batsman needs to give a good base to Hurricanes. He will look to redeem in the home ground where he had scored a half-century against Adeliade Striker in their first meeting.
The English young cricketer Will Jacks was said to be a head-turner but he has been out for duck two times in the last four matches. In the last match against Melbourne Renegades, he was run out for 10 runs.
The Hobart Hurricanes debutant needs to bounce back stronger against Brisbane Heat otherwise he might be benched.
Colin Ingram is currently leading the most runs table with scoring 145 runs in four matches. In the last match, he was trapped by Kane Richardson when Hobart Hurricanes needed his power-hitting.
With opening batsmen struggling, Ingram needs to settle himself longer in the field.
Peter Handscomb (C):
Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb continued his poor form in the last matches. After scoring 24, 4 and 5 runs respectively in the first three matches, he was out for 13 runs in the last match against Melbourne Renegades.
Being the captain, Handscomb needs to find his rhythm back other it might hurt in the longer run.
After scoring a century for Australia A in the second pink ball warm-up game, Ben Mcdermott played his first BBL match of the ongoing season against Adelaide Strikers, which was the second meeting of Hobart Hurricanes. He scored 46 runs to guide his team to set up 147 runs target albeit it was not enough to defend against Strikers.
In the last match, he scored a large chunk of runs while chasing 158 runs target. The 26-year-old remained unbeaten and scored 89 runs off 55 balls, striking seven fours and five sixes. His fiery knock single-handedly to win the match. He is currently the second-highest scorer in the BBL with 135 runs even though he has only played two matches.
The Singapore-born cricketer Tim David is currently the third-highest scorer in the ongoing 10th season of BBL. He has scored 124 runs, which also includes a half-century, in the four matches. Although he is an allrounder, he is being used as a pure batsman. He might be later used in the bowling option.
The Windies allrounder Keemo Paul played the maiden match of BBL against Melbourne Renegades but hasn’t had a good debut match.
He didn’t get the opportunity to bat while also went wicketless in his two overs. He conceded 27 runs and was expensive. Hobart Hurricanes are likely to retain him and given him more opportunity to prove his case.
The fast-bowling allrounder James Faulkner is the leading wicket-taker of Hobart Hurricanes and is also topping the wicket-taker chart table. In four matches, he has picked up eight wickets while has maintained an economy rate of below seven
He hasn’t got much opportunity to bat. Overall, he has scored only 18 runs in the four matches.
Against Melbourne Renegades, the medium-pacer Nathan Ellis picked up the crucial wicket of Rilee Rossouw to break the partnership. He also controlled his run rate after being expensive in the last to last match. Hobart Hurricanes will hope that he continues his good form in the coming matches.
Scott Boland bowled tight spells to choke Rengegades middle-order batsmen. He gave away only 19 runs in his four overs spell while picked the early wicket of the opener.
In the last match as well, he was way too economical in the last match against Adelaide Strikers. He picked up only one wicket but only conceded 15 runs in his four overs quota. The 31-year-old is the vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes.
The 24-year-old local player has gone expensive in the last two matches match. Against Renegades, he picked only one wicket of Beau Webster in his three overs. Meredith will have to control his run-rate to maintain his spot in the playing XI of Hobart Hurricanes.