The Hobart Hurricanes were unable to get off to the start they were looking for to begin their BBL|12 campaign. (Photo: Hobart Hurricanes)

The Hobart Hurricanes will face the Perth Scorchers tonight as they await their first win of BBL|12. Yet to win a game in the purple, import Jimmy Neesham hyped up their clash against the Scorchers.

The Hobart Hurricanes kicked off their BBL|12 campaign on Friday but had a disappointing loss to the Melbourne Stars. Travelling back home to Tasmania, they look to redeem the loss with a win over defending Big Bash champions, the Perth Scorchers.

Bowling first against the Melbourne Stars, the Hurricanes got off to a rocky start during the opening powerplay. This included Asif Ali dropping Joe Clarke in the opening over who would then go on to a score century.

Chasing 183 runs, they struggled to find any momentum with the bat as they sat 2-43 at the end of the batting powerplay. Putting in a good effort for the remainder of the game they fell short losing by 38 runs.

Speaking about the loss to the Stars, Jimmy Neesham believes the game may have had a different outcome if they took all their chances.

“I think on a different day we could easily had them two or three down in the first four or five overs and it would’ve been a different story. The powerplay is obviously massive,” the New Zealand international said.

“A bit of a tough outing first up…the margin of victory, in the end, looked quite large. There were a few different areas where we could have made some huge gains.”

“A couple of drop catches cost us quite dearly and potentially a slight sort of lack of adapting to what was quite a slug of (the) surface.”

Jimmy Neesham has represented New Zealand in all three formats of the game. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Having never played in the Big Bash League, Neesham joined the squad less than two weeks ago. His signing came after Pakistani draft pick Faheem Ashraf was unavailable for the first half of the season due to Pakistan’s test series against England and New Zealand.

Despite never playing in the BBL, Neesham has had a storied Twenty20 career at both domestic and international levels. His resume includes stints in the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Lanka Premier League, and The Hundred in England

In 218 innings, he has scored a total of 2950 runs, averaging 23.60 runs a game. Coming in at the back end of the innings he boasts an impressive strike rate of 142.03 and is not shy to take the bowlers on.

However, he is not only known for his work with the bat. An all-rounder by trade, Neesham is versatile with a variety of different bowling variations when he bowls. The medium-fast bowler has taken 174 wickets with a strike rate of 17.2 in all Twenty20 matches.

“I haven’t been to Tasmania before at all. I think we’ve got a couple or four boys on the squad who haven’t been here before as well so a couple of newbies.” Neesham said.

“I’ve faced a couple of those guys before and they’re high-quality operators, especially with that new ball. Hopefully, the swing is long gone by the time I get out there,” he continued talking about the Scorchers bowling attack.

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The Scorchers had a different outcome in their first match. In a rematch of last season’s final, the Scorchers were able to get off to a good start defeating the Sydney Sixers by 38 runs. They will be looking to continue their winning ways tonight.

Looking for their first win the Hurricanes may make changes to their starting eleven. Pace bowler Billy Stanlake may return to the team after being announced in the squad that has travelled back home. Having previously faced Stanlake, Neesham had some words to say about him.

“So he’s obviously come back from a reasonably lengthy injury layoff and sort of joins our squad for this game. Whether he’s fully available probably depends on how he pulls up and feels at training,” he said.”

“He’s certainly got that wicket-taking ability and certainly looking forward to seeing it firsthand.”

Hobart Hurricanes will face the Perth Scorchers tonight at 19:15 AEDT. The game can be watched exclusively on FoxSports or Kayo.

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