The Hobart Hurricanes fell short in last year’s Big Bash final losing by 25-runs to the Adelaide Strikers. Matthew Wade’s side will be out for a second crack at the Championship this year with an even more talented line up, so it’s no surprise to see the Hurricanes among the favourtism heading into Round 1.
Not only are Hobart a serious chance, they are also one of the most experienced side in the competition, making them a tough beat this year. We’ve analysed everything you need to know about the purple pride, and our entire 2018/19 Hobart Hurricanes Preview can be seen below.
2018/19 Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash Odds
2018/19 Hobart Hurricanes Squad
- Aaron Summers
- Ben McDermott
- Caleb Jewell
- Clive Rose
- D’Arcy Short
- David Moody
- George Bailey
- Jake Doran
- James Faulkner
- Jofra Archer
- Johan Botha
- Matthew Wade (c)
- Riley Meredith
- Simon Milenko
- Tim Paine
- Tom Rogers
- Tymal Mills
Past & Present
- 2017 Finish: 4th (Finals Runner-Up)
- 2018 Predicted Finish: 3rd
2017/18 Betting Statistics
- Overall Record: 5-5
- Home: 3-2
- Away: 2-3
- Favourites: 2-1
- Underdogs: 4-4
Technically the Hurricanes begin their season in Round 2 against the Heat on the Gold Coast, a game that should showcase just how dangerous Hobart really are.
Everywhere you look there’s talent on this team, particularly with the bat. Skipper Matthew Wade and former captain George Bailey bring experience and leadership, while 28-year old sensation D’Arcy Short should provide the bulk share of runs.
On the other side of the ball the bowling attack will be bolstered by David Moody’s return to the side. The paceman missed all of last season with a stress fracture in his back, but three Sheffield Shield wickets against Victoria last week have him ripe for big things.
Last but not least, Englishman all-rounder Jofra Archer will also be worth watching. The 23-year-old youngster averages 16.50 runs with the bat, but is a force with the ball in hand having already taken 87 wickets in just 66 T20 matches.
Best Bet: Hurricanes To Make the Final @ $3.50
Hobart finished fourth on the BBL ladder last year but still managed to sneak their way into the Final.
It wasn’t by luck either, as the Hurricanes won by 71-runs over the Scorchers in last year’s Semi-Final thanks to a huge 71-run display from Matthew Wade.
Remaining relatively unchanged entering 2018/19, the Hurricanes stack up as one of the most complete sides in the competition from top to bottom. The health of the bowling attack is key, but with Wade taking over the captaincy, it should bring a fresh new feel as Hobart hope to live up to some hefty expectations.