06/03/2024

(Photo: Warwickshire CCC)

Hobart Hurricanes recruit Sam Hain is willing to take on any position in the middle order after having batted predominantly at number five last season for the Brisbane Heat.

The 28-year-old joins a new-look Hurricanes group, who will be looking to reverse their fortunes after a disappointing BBL12, in which they finished third-last on the ladder.

Hain’s clean strike power with the bat is a feature of his game, playing for Warwickshire, where he led the team for runs in this year’s T20 Blast with 481 ahead of Robert Yates (447) and Alex Davies (345).

Coming into a new setting, Hain is ready to embrace the flexibility the Hurricanes have in their batting stocks.

“I think I’ve got clarity around that number four role,” Hain said, a spot he’s excelled at for Warwickshire.

“Something I’ve done for a while now, through my experiences, obviously last year here and back home in Warwickshire.

“It’s a role that I’ve come to really grasp. But I think within that, you have to be flexible. Any role within the team, I guess there’s a batsman who’s got to put your hand up and give it your best crack.”

Moving from the Sunshine State to the Apple Isle, Hain says he didn’t have any prior relationships with his new Hurricanes teammates, although he and lanky right-arm quick Billy Stanlake went to school together and played youth cricket together.

The Hurricanes selected Hain with its second selection in September’s BBL draft (pick 11), one he is feeling “fortunate” to be part of.

“I know drafts are quite a fickle beats and there’s a lot of things that are out of your control,” Hain said.

The Hurricanes’ middle-order depth is one of the competition’s strongest, featuring Tim David and Ben McDermott, with David finishing with the second-best strike rate in BBL12 (160.90), while McDermott is 10th all-time for runs scored (2335).

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Hain sees the opportunity to bat with the talented duo as a valuable experience.

“I see it as a chance to just, continue my learning as a player, as a person. Any chance to be able to spend time with these guts is, as you say, obviously a lot of fun. And I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Having carved out a phenomenal career playing for Warwickshire in the T20 Blast, Hain sees a difference between playing at international level and in the domestic T20 scene, but one he’ll translate onto the BBL stage.

“You know people are watching. You know there’s scrutiny,” Hain said.

“And that’s all part of the fun is dealing with that. I think out in the middle I’m very clear in what I want to do.

“The more you can put yourself in those of dealing with pressure of trying to win games for your team or whatever it may be. That’s all part of the fun really. But in terms of everything else, not too much.”

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