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Big Bash League: Hurricanes v Sixers preview

Big Bash action on Monday comes from Tasmania as the Hurricanes welcome the red-hot Sydney Sixers to Hobart.

The visitors are already assured of a playoff place after winning five straight, while the Hurricanes have been plagued by inconsistency and therefore find themselves in need of wins in their remaining two games to keep them in the hunt for the playoffs. 

After a demolition job last time out, will the Sixers live up to their name and stretch that winning sequence out again? 

WhatHobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers
WhereBlundstone Arena, Hobart, Tasmania
When19.15, Monday 23rd January, 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo
OddsHobart Hurricanes 13/10, Sydney Sixers 8/13

End-zone in sight for BBL12

The Big Bash League's twelfth season is entering the stages where the silverware will be handed out, ensuring every game from here on is going to be crucial.

The Perth Scorchers will be searching for an unprecedented fifth BBL title when the finals series gets underway on 27th January, while the Sixers will be gunning for a record-equalling fourth Big Bash crown after their recent surge.

With just three points separating the Renegades, Thunder, Strikers, Hurricanes and Heat from third to seventh and two games remaining, things could hardly be tighter in the race to make the playoffs.

A stunning Steve Smith century – the first male player to reach the milestone in club history – secured the Sydney Sixers a fifth straight finals appearance with victory over the Strikers in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night.

The Sixers are now 4/11 to reach the final of BBL12 and they won't have given up hope of finishing top just yet, being just a point behind Perth. 

Five wins and seven losses is the record of the Hurricanes so far. Widely tipped before the season as one of the teams to beat in BBL12, an inconsistent Hurricanes outfit haven't been able to find a consistent formula so far this campaign and that is set to be their undoing.

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Red-hot Sixers hard to oppose in Hobart

Australia batter Smith put in a stellar performance with his second successive Big Bash century for the Sydney Sixers as his side made 187-2 against the Sydney Thunder last time out. 

Smith's 125 not out included nine sixes and five fours off 66 balls as the Sixers went on to dismiss their opponents for 64, with 4-10 for Steve O'Keefe to win by 125 runs.

It has been a real collective effort from the experienced Sixers so far this season, with only Sean Abbott's 19 wickets standing out among some of the other top performers so far in the competition.

Four of their nine wins have come by less than seven runs or in the last over when chasing, with veterans Jordan Silk, Dan Christian and Moises Henriques all stepping up in crucial moments as they repeatedly showcase an ability to get out of tight situations on the right side of the scoreline.

With a qualifying spot already secured, the Sixers will have two attempts to reach the final when the playoffs come around and they will be heading into the knockouts in high spirits.

They are 8/13 to win this clash in Hobart and the sheer inconsistency of the home side makes it hard to call against the visiting Sixers. 

Christian last stand to drive Sydney on

The Sixers will have extra motivation – if it were needed – in what remains of this season after one of the most sought-after players in the T20 leagues across the globe, Dan Christian, announced his decision to retire after the conclusion of the current Big Bash League season.

In a career spanning over a decade, the all-rounder has featured in 405 T20 games and scored 5809 runs along with 280 wickets.

Christian made his debut for the national side against West Indies at home in 2010 and played 23 matches in the Australian jersey.

The 39-year-old has won nine T20 titles with eight different sides in his career spanning more than a decade and says he'll retire with nothing but good memories, regardless of how this season turns out.

"Hopefully, we can go all the way again this season, but regardless, it's been a great run. I've achieved things and made some memories that I could have only dreamt of as a kid," he said in a statement confirming his plans to retire.

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