All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W4, Sydney Sixers W4
Last meeting: Hobart Hurricanes beat Sydney Sixers by 5 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Adam Griffith
Captain: Matthew Wade
The Hurricanes have been the standout team of BBL08 so far having won all four of their matches and they remain the only side yet to have lost a match with their most recent win on December 30th coming against Perth Scorchers where they dominated from start to finish in the six-wicket win.
They are afforded the luxury of naming an unchanged squad once again and the likelihood is that they name the same eleven starting players with their being no reason to make any changes considering the superb form of all their players.
The only possible criticism could be their reliance on D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade as they have shone with the bat but the likes of Bailey, McDermott and Doolan have all shown signs of form while literally all of their bowlers are contributing with wickets and all six average less than eight per over.
Coach: Greg Shipperd
Captain: Moises Henriques
Sydney Sixers sit in a top four spot thanks to two consecutive wins over Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat, but they face a tough test against the leaders here and one which will really scrutinise their credentials.
Following the last over five-wicket victory over Brisbane Heat, they have named the same squad for this match and based on the recent performances, they too should go unchanged here.
Jordan Silk continued his fine form against Heat leading them to victory but despite having some unknown or unfashionable names in their ranks, they are getting plenty of contributions throughout the team with both bat and ball.
This one promises to be an excellent match between two form teams in BBL08. The Hurricanes have been comfortably the best team in the competition so far but they face a Sixers team that has won their last two matches also. There is a sense that the Sixers are over-performing to a degree but credit to them in getting performances out of so many players. The Hurricanes however are a class above and barring complacency, they can make it five wins from five.