21/02/2024

Vaughan has high hopes for the Hurricanes this season (Photo: cricket.com.au)

Hobart Hurricanes coach Jeff Vaughan is excited about his team’s chances in the upcoming BBL campaign.

Last season, the Hurricanes finished sixth, after a BBL|11 campaign where they qualified for the eliminator, only to fall to the Adelaide Strikers.

Hobart will welcome a new crop of international stars, with English duo Sam Hain and Chris Jordan joining New Zealand power-hitter Corey Anderson as additions to the side. Meanwhile, Australian internationals Matthew Wade, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, and Riley Meredith all return to the squad.

With a new group in place, Vaughan hasn’t come to a decision on what his best 11 looks like yet, with strategy to play a significant part in the selection process.

“I think you’ll see a core of the playing group play the bulk of the games and then just depending on what the strategy requires for each of the games. Whether it’s a change in the structure of the game, our team will be largely determined by opposition and the venues,” he said.

The signing of Hain will solidify the Hurricanes middle-order, with the 28-year-old, finishing ninth for runs (481) in this year’s T20 Blast. His runs tally was also complemented by a strike-rate of 160.33 and an average of 96.2.

Hain played nine games last season for the Brisbane Heat, scoring 181 runs at an average of 45.25.

“I’m getting to know Sam as a human. But I’m told he’s a wonderful team man.” Vaughan said.

“But I have been on the other end of his performances with the Brisbane Heat and he’s a high quality batsman that I’m looking forward to seeing him through the entirety of the tournament.”

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The Hurricanes will have no shortage of all-rounder stocks to support Hain in the middle order. Anderson, Jordan, and Mitch Owen are all reliable contributors with both bat and ball and Vaughan sees the trio fitting in together in the playing 11.

“I think there’s every capability that will occur throughout the year,” Vaughan said.

“Every team loves multiple options in their batting and bowling lineups.

“It allows us to bat deep and gives the captain plenty of options with that ball, depending on how the game is unfolding in front of him.”

The Hurricanes depth is an area Vaughan is most excited about, with the addition of former Brisbane Heat batsman Sam Heazlett, after 50 matches in the teal.

“We’re excited about his inclusion to our group, but we feel as though with Has (Heazlett) and with Mac Wright and guys, they can slide in and bat anywhere from one to six as well,” Vaughan said.

“We’re really pleased with the depth and the capabilities of multi-positional players.”

Chasing an elusive trophy hasn’t come easy for the Hurricanes, falling twice in the semifinals in BBL02 and BBL08, whilst finishing runners-up twice in BBL03 and BBL07. Vaughan believes building winning habits is the key to success.

“We’re just aiming as a team to get to know each other really well, play some consistent cricket, get on a roll, and hopefully play some good cricket at the back end of January,” he said.

The Hurricanes begin their tournament next Monday evening against three-time champions the Sydney Sixers down in Launceston.

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