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

When? Monday, 1st January

Where? Spotless Stadium

Weather? Cloud but no rain expected in Sydney with temperatures of around 24c

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

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

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

Last five meetings: Sydney Thunder W2, Hobart Hurricanes W3
All-time meetings: Sydney Thunder W2, Hobart Hurricanes W5

Sydney Thunder

Coach: Paddy Upton

Captain: Shane Watson

  • The Thunder have won two and lost two but they come off a comprehensive win over the Hurricanes so their season is on the up now and they will hope to follow that up with another win back in Sydney on New Year’s Day now.
  • Jos Buttler finally found some form with the bat after a disappointing Bangladeshi T20 tournament and few runs in the opening three matches as he smashed 67 runs from 41 balls against the Hurricanes.
  • They have named an unchanged 13-man squad for this game and it is most likely that they will name the same eleven players to start from that which dominated the Hurricanes just two days ago.

Hobart Hurricanes

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: George Bailey

  • The Hurricanes looked woefully out of touch in losing to the Thunder in Tasmania two days ago in what was only their second BBL07 match compared to the Thunder who will play their fifth match already in the competition.
  • They make one change to their 13-man squad for this game with Nathan Reardon coming back into the fold with Caleb Jewell dropping out and Reardon could start the game in place of Tom Rogers who made his debut against the Thunder but conceded 50 from his three overs.
  • The Hurricanes’ openers have batted well in both games played so far but they need their middle order to step up and contribute as the likes of McDermott, Bailey, Wade and Christian are vastly underperforming so far.

These two sides met at the University of Tasmania just two days ago when the Thunder outplayed the Hurricanes on their turf. Unless the Hurricanes can vastly improve on the 57-run defeat to the Thunder and bounce back psychologically, they could be in trouble once again as they travel to Sydney. The Thunder’s batting finally clicked and while this may be a closer game than two days ago, they will be confident of adding another to notch to the win column. The Hurricanes have arguably the better team on paper but they will have to raise their game to get off the mark.