With two international superstars and plenty of homegrown talent in its arsenal, Hobart will fancy its chances in BBL|06.
After a very disappointing BBL|05 it is time for the Hurricanes to step up and establish themselves as a Big Bash powerhouse – with the likes of George Bailey, Kumar Sangakkara, Stuart Broad, Tim Paine and Dan Christian, it’s not out of the question.
For a full analysis of the Hurricanes’ fixture click here.
And to see the Hobart Hurricanes Predicted XI for BBL|06 click here.
PLAYERS TO LOCK
Kumar SANGAKKARA [BAT] $30,600
Coming off a turbulent 2015/16 BBL season in which he averaged just 13, one of the world’s best cricketers is now sitting at an absolutely irresistible price of a touch over $30K.Sangakkara is pure class, and should find himself in many BBL Fantasy teams this season. The Sri Lankan legend will likely bat at number 3 for the Hurricanes again this season, meaning he will have plenty of opportunities to score bulk points for your team. Playing for Dhaka in the Bangladeshi T20 competition (BPL), Sanga has compiled scores of 9, 59, 35, 32, 33 and 66 in his last six matches. One of the biggest locks for this Fantasy season.
George BAILEY [BAT] $84,400
You might have seen the smiling assassin’s newest technique on show in the ODI series, and while it hasn’t yet translated to success in that arena, Bailey has performed admirably in Shield cricket this season.International duty will likely keep him out in mid-January, but up until then look for Bailey to really stamp his authority on the BBL competition. Across his 23 matches for the Hurricanes, the right-hander averages 44.15 at an impressive strike rate of close to 140. At his best, he is one of the most dangerous batsman in the competition and has the potential to single-handedly make or break your Fantasy team. Try to bring him in early and especially for the Hurricanes double-game week (DGW) in early January.
PLAYERS TO LOOK AT
Tim PAINE [WKP] $73,400
Paine was arguably the best keeper of BBL|05, boasting a Fantasy average of 49.13. A wicketkeeper who opens the batting is exactly what you want in BBL Fantasy and Paine fits the bill. With many Fantasy players likely to go with the cheaper options in Haddin or Dunk, Paine could provide a nice point of difference for your team – if you are willing to splash the extra coin for him. Considering the other two have their DGW in round 1, it might be more advisable to give Paine a couple of matches to prove himself before looking to bring him in later in the competition, possibly at a cheaper price.
Dan CHRISTIAN [BAT/BOWL] $79,600
Right up there as a smokey for your Fantasy team could be Dan Christian. With Dunk shipped off to the Strikers this year, a spot has opened up at the top of the order for the ‘Canes – a spot which Christian could very well make his own. The dynamic allrounder has previously opened for the Bushrangers and has the potential to go BIG (see the 117m six at the Gabba for proof). He also provides a bonus seam option with the ball, translating to more opportunities for points. Throw in the fact that he’s also a handy fielder and you have yourself a very attractive Fantasy option. I’d wait to see where Christian slots into the Hurricanes batting order before making the call.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE
Jake REED [BWL] $74,400
At his price, Reed is probably not what we are looking for in a bowling option. While he certainly gives the speed gun a workout, the big quick only got out on the park for three games last season. His place in the side is also uncertain with the signing of Stuart Broad taking up one of the bowling slots on the Hurricanes roster. At almost $75K, there are better options available who provide us with a bit more security and reliability.
Shaun TAIT [BWL] $62,800
You might be shocked to see the Wild Thing in the “Leave” column. But at 33, the big man has given up the longer formats of the game and now plies his trade as a T20 gun for hire. The South Australian last played professional cricket in August for English side Glamorgan, however he only took six wickets across his eight games in the tournament at an economy rate of 8.05. Tait still possess the strike power to break open a game for the Hurricanes but has become too unreliable with the tendency to leak an excessive amount of runs during the innings. Throw in the fact that he bats 11 and likely won’t add any value with the willow, and it’s enough for me to leave him out of my side.