The Hurricanes finished 7th last season and it’s hard to see them improving. They’ll be missing Stuart Broad and Kumar Sangakkara, so the weight will be well and truly on Bailey/Christian to perform. But they’ll likely give a lot of their younger players opportunity to perform, such as Ben McDermott.
Key Batsman – George Bailey
The Hurricanes lineup is weak this year in terms of batting power and Bailey is going to be the key. He was the top run scorer for the Hurricanes last season with 247 runs at 49.40. He’s also been in great form for Tasmania in both forms so I’m expecting another 200+ runs from him in BBL08. His price is very affordable at 60k and could be a set and forget option.
Key Bowler – Dan Christian
With no Broad this season, the bowling lineup at the Hurricanes looks weak on paper. Christian is an all-rounder but was the Canes leading wicket-taker last season with 9 wickets. His batting was poor last season with 87 runs at 14.50, but hopefully he should get more earlier opportunities.
Young Star – Ben McDermott
In just 3 matches last year, McDermott scored a hundred and totalled 155 runs. His price is quite high at 77k, but I expect him to get more batting time this season and show his potential.
International Players – Tymal Mills/Jofra Archer
Mills is back in the Big Bash, this time in Hobart. He played a few matches with the Heat last season and will be looking to impress the English selectors this summer. In 67 T20 matches, he has 77 wickets and should be one of the bowlers to watch for the Canes. Archer offers the Hurricanes another all-around option. He averages 21 with the bat and has 29 wickets in 25 matches. The 22-year-old West Indian could be a surprising pick at just under 60k.
Player to watch – Cameron Boyce
Is this year Boyce lives up to his potential? That is the question. In BBL07, he only managed 6 wickets from 8 matches and his economy rate was high at 9.13. But he did finish off the JLT Cup with 7 wickets in 3 matches and hopefully can continue that form into the Big Bash.
Cheap Fantasy option – Matthew Wade
Having been traded to the Hurricanes, Wade figures to bat as the main keeper. Especially with Paine in the test team, Wade will be a cheap keeper option during the early stages of the tournament. Then in January, his batting will be another reason to keep him.