Darren Sammy (West Indies)
Tim Bresnan (England)
Alex Hales (Adelaide Strikers/England)
Jake Reed (Melbourne Renegades)
Aiden Blizzard (Sydney Thunder)
Doug Bollinger (Sydney Sixers)
Ben Laughlin (Adelaide Strikers)
Alex Hales (England)
Darren Sammy (West Indies)
Replacement: Tim Bresnan (England)
1. Ben Dunk +
2. Tim Paine
3. Alex Hales
4. George Bailey *
5. Travis Birt
6. Jonathan Wells
7. Evan Gulbis
8. Darren Sammy
9. Xavier Doherty
10. Cameron Boyce
11. Ben Hilfenhaus
Timm van der Gugten
Hobart present a very experienced line up and have recruited well on the international player’s front. Alex Hales is a destructive top order batsmen when he gets going and Hobart did well to prise him away from the Strikers. Darren Sammy can hit a long ball and will bring a lot of showbiz to proceedings, he also brings some new rhyming slang to the warm ups, ‘Don’t forget to stretch your Darren Sammys (hammys)’ Hobart have done well to secure a like for like replacement for Sammy in the form of England’s Tim Bresnan.
The line up includes two recent T20 international debutantes Ben Dunk and leg spinner Cameron Boyce plus Hobart performed strongly at the Champions League T20 in September with a similar line up. It will be interesting to see who takes the gloves for Hobart. Tim Paine is the incumbent, but Dunk kept for Australia in November’s T20 internationals. And will Hobart play both Paine and Dunk? Paine was recently dropped from the Shield line up and Dunk handed the gloves.
Dunk has been in career best form so far this summer, blasting a double century in the Matador Cup and earning national T20 honours. He was player of the tournament ion BBL|03 and Hobart will be hoping for more of the same at the top of the order this season.
The top 6 look set and ready to fire but Hobart will be hoping Travis Birt can recapture his form from BBL|02. None of the top 6 bowl so there may be a need to bring in another bowler and promote allrounder Evan Gulbis higher up the order. All rounder Luke Butterworth is an unfortunate omission from the squad as his career appears to tail off due to injury – this season he has captained the Tasmanian Futures League team.
The Hurricanes will lose Bailey and maybe Hilfenhaus and Doherty to ODI duty but have replacement batsmen and pace bowlers to handle this. Despite losing two quality experienced t20 pacemen in Bollinger and Laughlin they should be able to cover these losses with their international siginings and the younger Sam Rainbird and Joe Mennie. George Bailey will be harder to replace, Tim Paine is a very capable replacement skipper, but the batting options of Michael Hill and Dom Michael haven’t got the runs on the board nor the explosiveness of The Guv.
Timm van der Gugten is one of those guys you go, ’Has this guy really been on the same BBL list for three years and still not played a game?’ And the answer is yes. He’s made more appearances for the Dutch national team than in domestic cricket in Australia. He must have signed a 3 year deal but at just 23 years old time is on his side. Nonetheless there is probably more chance of seeing him playing in the World Cup than the Big Bash, if only the Netherlands had made the World Cup.
This is a very settled and experienced line up that know how to play as a team, plus the international signings fill the deficiencies in the line up nicely. Hobart will be a very hard team to beat and will be astutely lead by The Governor, George Bailey.