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Big Bash: Hobart Hurricanes profile

The Hobart Hurricanes could be viewed as the ‘nearly men’ and will be looking to win their first Big Bash League title in the new season.

The Hurricanes managed to return to finals in the 2022/23 Big Bash campaign, but fell at the first hurdle when losing to Adelaide Strikers by 22 runs.

Now they will have brushed themselves down and will be ready to go again with a strong roster for the season ahead.

The Hurricanes will see qualifying for finals as the absolute minimum and will have their eyes on the big prize.

They can be backed at 7.50 to win the tournament outright.

Big Bash League history

The Hurricanes have come close to winning the Big Bash League on a couple of occasions, but have just fallen short.

In the 2012/13 they made it all the way to the final before suffering a 39-run defeat against Perth Scorchers.

Then in 2017/18 seasons they finished runners-up once again, this time going down to the Adelaide Strikers, who won by 25 runs.

The Hurricanes have made finals in six out of 11 seasons, and during that time have slipped to two semi-final defeats and two elimination finals defeats.

They will now be hoping that 2023/24 could be the season they do it, however the competition will be fierce once again.

Ellis named new captain

The Hurricanes will have a new skipper for the 2023/24 campaign, with Nathan Ellis announced as Matthew Wade’s replacement.

Wade stepped away from the role at the end of last season, and now Australian international fast bowler Ellis will take the reins.

Ellis will be heading into his sixth BBL campaign with the franchise and is the ideal man to lead a team that he ‘holds close to his heart’.

Top duo re-sign with Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have pulled off a big double re-signing after securing the immediate futures of both Tim David and Ben McDermott.

The power hitters were in demand as rival teams kept a close eye on them, but both with line up for the Hurricanes for at least the next couple of seasons.

David has penned an extension to take him through to the end of 2024/25, while McDermott has committed until the end of 2025/26.

Both players can pile on the runs quickly and will be key to the Hurricanes chances of going all the way this season.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have also announced an exciting, double-signing, with Sam Heazlett and Nikhil Chaudhary joining their BBL 13 squad.

Heazlett arrives from Brisbane Heat, where he played 50 matches. The left-handed batsman is an exciting addition and will be a key member of the squad.

The signing of Chaudhary should also excite. He has earned a reputation for some big-hitting and is also a handy leg-spinner.

Hurricanes' opening fixtures

The Hurricanes will get the BBL 13 campaign underway when they take on one of the hot fancies for the title.

The Sydney Sixers will arrive at Launceston on 11th December in what will be a good opening test for the Hurricanes.

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