2017-18 Big Bash League – Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder Preview

29th Dec 2017 by TSZ

When? Saturday, 30th December

Where? University of Tasmania Stadium

Weather? Temperatures in Hobart are expected to drop to around 15-17c on Saturday but rain is not expected

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.hobarthurricanes.com.au/tickets

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W4, Sydney Thunder W1
All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W5, Sydney Thunder W1

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: George Bailey

  • The Hurricanes will play just their second game in BBL07 against the Thunder and this will be the first ever Big Bash League double-header at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston as the women play first followed by their male counterparts.
  • They make three changes to the 13-man squad that lost to the Melbourne Renegades in their opening game as Caleb Jewell, Tom Rogers and Simon Milenko come in for Aaron Summers, Nathan Reardon and Hamish Kingston.
  • Aaron Summers drops out of the eleven and the most likely player to replace him is Canberra batsman Tom Rogers who could come in to make his debut and strengthen a talented batting line-up.

SYDNEY THUNDER

Coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Shane Watson

  • Sydney Thunder have lost two of their opening three matches in BBL07 but after opening the competition with a win over their city rivals Sixers, they have lost their last two games and they will want to bounce back here.
  • Batting has been their major weakness so far with international stars Jos Buttler and Sam Billings yet to click into gear and they have been relying far too heavily on captain Shane Watson who has been fundamental for them as top run-scorer in the tournament so far with 35% of his team’s runs.
  • Ben Rohrer was struck in the collarbone while batting that forced him out of fielding in the last game against Brisbane Heat and his participation may be in some doubt so Aiden Blizzard could potentially be handed a recall for him.

PREDICTION
The Hurricanes will finally play their second game of BBL07 and they face a Sydney Thunder side who are struggling badly for runs in their opening three matches. The Hurricanes lost their opening game against the in-form Renegades but there were plenty of positives for them to take and they will be confident of getting a win against an average Thunder team in front of their home fans.

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