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Big Bash: Sixers looking to make it two in a row

Hobart Hurricanes play host to Sydney Sixers on Monday and the visitors have the advantage of having already notched a victory in their opening match of the new Big Bash League season.

The Sixers edged out Melbourne Renegades by eight runs at the SCG on Friday and will be eager to lay down an early marker by making it two from two at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, will be hoping to finally land the BBL title, as they and the Melbourne Stars are the only two teams not to have lifted the trophy.

WhatHobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers
WhereUniversity of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
When18:15 (AEST) Monday 11th December
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsHobart Hurricanes 2.10, Sydney Sixers 1.72

Ellis steps up to lead Hurricanes

The Hurricanes will have a new skipper for this season, with Matthew Wade having stepped down and Nathan Ellis having taken up the reins, having also committed his future to the franchise until 2026.

Australia seamer Ellis is the second-highest wicket-taker for the Hurricanes and along with Riley Meredith, Billy Stanlake and England's Chris Jordan will form the backbone of the fast-bowling attack for Hobart franchise.

Ellis has shown what he can do in T20 cricket on the international stage, taking 22 wickets in 12 appearances for Australia, including taking a hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh in August 2021.

Also key will be leg-spin pair Patrick Dooley and Peter Hatzoglou, with the former 3.75 to be Team - Top Bowler on Monday, while Ellis is available at 3.60.

With the bat the Hurricanes have plenty of firepower, with Wade, Tim David, Sam Hain, Ben McDermott and big-hitting New Zealander all-rounder Corey Anderson all among their ranks.

David led the way for the Hurricanes last season with 354 runs at a strike-rate of 160, while McDermott will be eager to do better than his return of 196 runs, having smashed a competition-leading 577 runs in the previous season.

McDermott is 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter against the Sixers, with David priced at 5.50.

Sixers already up and running

The Sixers saw off the Renegades in a tight encounter on Friday, with 61 from 42 balls from Steven Smith and 3-36 from left-arm seamer Ben Dwarshuis the key contributions at the SCG.

Former Australia Test captain Smith, however, was the most notable name missing from the squad announced by the Sixers for the trip to Launceston, meaning more run-scoring responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the likes of Josh Philippe, James Vince and captain Moises Henriques.

Experienced English right-hander Vince managed just a single in the victory over the Gades and will be eager to get back amongst the runs, having made only one half-century from ten innings in the BBL last season and tallied 149 during the 2021/22 campaign.

Three seasons ago Vince was second-leading scorer in the competition with 537 runs at a strike-rate of 143, as the Sixers claimed a second successive Big Bash title and their third in total.

Vince needs to find his form, especially if Smith is absent, and he is 2.00 to score 30+ runs against the Hurricanes, while he is 3.50 to be Team - Top Batter.

With the ball Sean Abbott took a tournament-leading 29 wickets last season, but he definitely misses this game, meaning that Dwarshuis will need to step up and continue the impressive form he has shown for both the Sixers and Australia in recent outings.

Dwarshuis, who took five wickets in two T20I appearances for the Baggy Greens in India, is 4.33 to be Team - Top Bowler on Monday and 17.00 to named Player of the Match.

Sixers have the pedigree

The Sixers have reached the BBL final in three of the last four seasons, but missed out last season despite finishing in second place in the standings, losing playoff games to both Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat.

The two meetings between these two sides in the 2022/23 season saw the Sixers edge a six-run success in a rain-affected clash at the SCG, before claiming a 24-run victory at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

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