The spotlight has been shifted to Cricket Australia as the new season of the Big Bash League has begun. We are down to the 5th fixture where Hobart Hurricanes will host Sydney Sixers at the University of Tasmania Stadium on Monday.
Hobart Hurricanes missed out on a chance to be part of the play-offs in the previous season of the BBL. This year will be a new beginning and the management will expect some positive results.
Sydney Sixers had to face a huge upset in the previous season after their unprecedented exit from the playoffs. The team has some top-class players who can do wonders for the team this season.
In the year 2023, Josh has been part of 9 T20 league matches and he has scored 133 runs at an average of 14.8.
The betting tip is...
Josh Philippe to score under 14.5 runs
The Hurricanes have never won a BBL title but this year, the team is expected to push themselves hard enough to clinch their first BBL trophy. Nathan Ellis will be the leading man this year and some major strategic changes are expected.
With Matthew Wade, Tim David, and Ben McDermott on the team, the Hurricanes’ strength lies in their batting. They also have a strong bowling attack with Riley Meredith, Billy Stanlake, and Chris Jordan and that makes them an all-around perfect squad.
The only concern for the Hurricanes is that they have made major changes in the combination of players and have some new faces in the team. It will be difficult initially in the tournament to build the team chemistry and define the respective roles.
It is the first fixture for the Hurricanes and hence the skipper is expected to go with some experienced names in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Nathan Ellis, Tim David, Peter Hatzoglou, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Billy Stanlake, Chris Jordan, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett
Sydney Sixers will be dependent on their experienced players to create some magic in this season of BBL. Moises Henriques will be the leading man who is known for his exceptional batting skills in the middle order. The Sixers batting lineup has powerful names like Steve Smith, James Vince, and Josh Philippe.
The trio will do some major damage to the opposition. Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, and Tom Curran will be the leading bowlers in the team and will be expected to give the team a positive start.
Steve O'Keefe is the only spin option the Sixers have and this is the major problem with the team. They don’t have a reliable spin attack for the middle overs. The lack of variations in the bowling might make things predictable for the opposite batters.
Tom Curran, Hayden Karr, and Josh Philippe are the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Todd Murphy
In the past 17 meetings between both teams, the Hurricanes have an edge with 1 match as they have won 9 and the Sixers are at 8.
This shows that we are in for a thrilling rivalry between the two on Monday. However, considering the quality of players and the overall balance of the team, Hobart Hurricanes are expected to score a win.