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Brisbane Heat lost the opening match of its BBL season and will now be taking on the Hobart Hurricanes for its second match. The Hobart Hurricanes will be playing their first match of BBL 08 and be hoping to go one better than the runner-up spot they managed in BBL 07.
Brisbane Heat was defeated quite comprehensively in the opening match by the Adelaide Strikers even if the scorecard suggests a much closer game. They need to tinker with their approach and find their best combination to take on a strong Hobart Hurricanes side.
For the Hobart Hurricanes, starting this BBL season strong is going to be key as they would like to build momentum and get into the groove of things as soon as possible.
The first ball of BBL 08 was hit for a fou by Brendon McCullum and he got out slogging the next ball. As one half of the ‘Bash Brothers’, Brendon McCullum is expected to go hard at the bowling but to expect to hit every single ball for a boundary is just not going to happen.
We hope he tempers his approach just a little bit and gives himself the best chance to succeed. He opened the batting with Max Bryant in the last match, a youngster that is slated to be one of the biggest names in Australian cricket in the near future. Bryant did not look fluent in the opening match but we have seen enough of him to know what he is capable of.
Max Bryant needs to give himself some time in the middle and allow himself the luxury of getting his eye in before going hammer and tongs. Of course, his natural game is pretty aggressive so he is always going to score at a quick clip.
If the opening pair of Brisbane Heat is able to set up a platform for Chris Lynn to capitalize on then we have no doubt Brisbane Heat is going to end up winning more matches than it loses. Chris Lynn looked in terrific form before getting out. The Hobart Hurricanes will be very wary of giving him the length deliveries that he just hits out of the park.
With Joe Burns, Sean Heazlett, Ben Cutting, and Jimmy Person in the starting 11 as well, the Brisbane Heat is not lacking for any batting firepower.
Their bowling is very good too. Pattinson brings the heat with some searing pace, Cutting and Steketee are pretty skiddy as well, while the spin duo of Swepson and Mujeeb is going to ask some serious questions of the opposition.
Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns , Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Lalor, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The Hobart Hurricanes had a stunningly successful season in BBL 07. That was down to the form of Darcy Short and Jofra Archer. Those performances have been largely responsible for propelling Darcy Short into the Australian limited-overs side and Jofra Archer as a potential English player as soon as he qualifies.
Here is the thing, though.
When you depend on just a couple of players to do the bulk of the work, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to being caught out if they lose form.
We don’t think Jofra Archer is going to become a bad bowler overnight but as a batsman, it can be tough to score runs in a tournament every single time.
This is why the performance of Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, and James Faulkner become so important. If McDermott and Wade are able to provide the Hobart Hurricanes with runs consistently then it takes a lot of the pressure off of Darcy Short and allows him to play his normal game.
James Faulkner was considered as one of the best all-rounders in the world not too long ago and was winning matches for Australia with the bat. His downfall has been quite sudden. He will be very keen to find some form again and make the most of this opportunity with the Hobart Hurricanes.
One of the biggest losses for the Hobart Hurricanes has been that of Daniel Christian. The man keeps ending up on winning T20 sides in tournaments around the world and we don’t think it is a coincidence. It is going to take a huge effort from James Faulkner to be able to fill the gap that Christian left in this side.
D'Arcy Short, GJ Bailey, Matthew Wade, Alex Doolan, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Jofra Chioke Archer, Johan Botha, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Clive Rose.
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The BBL match between Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes is going to be played at the Carrara Oval. The weather forecast for the match is pretty decent with only a 10% chance of rain predicted. The pitch is a bit of an unknown but the initial reports suggest that a slow pitch with something in it for the spinners will be on offer.
The Hobart Hurricanes are an excellent bowling side up against a strong batting side in the Brisbane Heat. The pitch for this match should help the bowlers and we think that Brisbane Heat might find it difficult with their ultra-aggressive style of play.
Back the Hobart Hurricanes to win.
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