2014 CLT20 Team Preview: Hobart Hurricanes

Qualification: Qualified as the runners up from Australia’s Big Bash League.

Hobart Hurricanes in CLT20:

Season

Final Position

2009

DNP

2010

DNP

2011

DNP

2012

DNP

2013

DNP

 

Hobart Hurricanes Squad for CLT20 2014:

Batsmen:

  •   Aiden Blizzard
  •   Travis Birt
  •   Evan Gulbis
  •   Ben Dunk
  •   Jon Wells
  •   Dom Michael

Bowlers:

  •   Ben Hilfenhaus
  •   Doug Bollinger
  •   Ben Laughlin
  •   Xavier Doherty
  •   Cameron Boyce
  •   Joe Mennie
  •   Sam Rainbird

All-Rounders:

  •   Shoaib Malik

Wicket-Keeper(s):

  •   Tim Paine

Coach: Damien Wright

 

Strengths:

  •          They have a pretty decent squad.
  •          They have many proven match winners.
  •          They are an exceptional fielding side.
  •          They have a very good team balance.
  •          Hurricanes have a deadly Pace bowling trio in Hilfenhaus, Bollinger and Laughlin.

Weakness:

  •          Playing in Indian conditions will add some pressure to the players.
  •          There will be more pressure on the team as they are playing the tournament for the first time.
  •          No quality spinners in the squad.
  •          They will miss the services of their captain George Bailey.

Hobart Hurricanes go into the 2014 Champions League T20 as the dark horses. They have a really strong team and might go all the way to win the tournament as well. They have a reliable top order with Tim Paine and Ben Dunk opening with Shoaib Mailk coming in at number three. Hurricanes will be without their regular captain George Bailey who will turn out for IPL side Kings XI Punjab. Instead they will have Travis Birt as skipper.

Birt is an explosive batsmen who have no half measures while batting will bat at number 4 followed by hard hitting Blizzard and Gulbis. Their fast bowling trio is dangerous and are experienced in these conditions. Hilfenhaus, Bollinger and Laughlin have played for Chennai Super Kings in IPL and should have a better knowledge of the conditions. The same goes to the spinner Xavier Doherty who has played for Australia against India in these conditions.

Doherty will get help from leggie Cameron Boyce and All Rounder Shoaib Malik, who knows the conditions very well.

Possible Playing XI:Tim Paine, Ben Dunk, Shoaib Malik, Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Evan Gulbis, Cameron Boyce, Ben Laughlin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Xavier Doherty, Doug Bollinger.

2014 CLT20 Schedule:

Match No.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time

1

18/9/2014

Kings XI Punjab

Mohali

20:00 IST

2

21/9/2014

Cape Cobras

Hyderabad

16:00 IST

3

23/9/2014

Qualifier

Raipur

20:00 IST

4

28/9/2014

Barbados Tridents

Mohali

16:00 IST