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

When? Monday, 8th January

Where? Bellerive Oval

Weather? 21c is expected on Monday in Hobart with some cloud but no rain

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

Are tickets still available? http://www.hobarthurricanes.co...

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 W2, Sydney Sixers W3
All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W3, Sydney Sixers W4

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: George Bailey

  • This is a key game for the Hurricanes as they know they need to win this to close the gap on the top four and remain in contention for the knockout phase but they have shown after a slow start that they are finding form having won their last two matches.
  • They have batted first in the last two matches and racked up 189/3 against the Thunder and 183/5 against the Strikers with D’Arcy Short hitting 97 and 96 in those two matches so they will look to carry that strong batting momentum into this game and outscore the Sixers.
  • They have the luxury of naming an unchanged team for this game and after winning their last two matches and looking much better than their opening two games, they will be confident the same eleven can pick up another win here.

SYDNEY SIXERS

Coach: Greg Shipperd

Captain: Moises Henriques

  • Five matches and five defeats so far for the Sixers and they are desperately hoping to pick up their first win to give themselves a minor chance of salvaging what has been a disastrous campaign for last season’s runners-up.
  • The Sixers have signed Joe Denly as a replacement for Jason Roy who is with England’s ODI team after this game while they are also awaiting a visa for big-hitting West Indian Carlos Brathwaite as they try and rescue their season somehow and both will be available for the Sydney derby next Saturday.
  • They cannot count on captain Moises Henriques who has been absent on personal leave the last week but Nic Maddinson and Daniel Hughes should shake off injuries while Jackson Bird is released from international duties to join the squad which has been hit by the news that spinner Steve O’Keefe is out for the rest of the tournament.

PREDICTION
The Sixers are in disarray right now but there is some positive team news that may boost them and give them a chance to break their duck and avoid a sixth consecutive defeat against a Hurricanes team that is improving by the game. The hosts are firing with the bat and in Jofra Archer, they have a new superstar in their ranks with the West Indian producing the goods with the ball. The Sixers should be competitive here and their desperation should see them refocus, but the Hurricanes have to win and have the greater form and quality which should give them the edge.