Hobart Hurricanes

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Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart hurricanes.png
CaptainAustralia Ben McDermott
CoachAustralia Adam Griffith
Team information
Colours  Purple
Home groundBellerive Oval
University of Tasmania Stadium
BBL wins0 (Runners Up 2)
Official websiteOfficial Website

T20 kit

2018-19 Hobart Hurricanes season

The Hobart Hurricanes are an Australian professional men's T20 franchise cricket team based in Tasmania, Australia. They compete in Australia's domestic T20 cricket competition known as the Big Bash League, which is a league where many international players compete. Their team represents Hobart. The Hurricanes play their home matches at Blundstone Arena.[1] The Hurricanes wear a purple cricket uniform.[2]

Some of the best players to represent the Hurricanes since their inception into the BBL have been: D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Dan Christian, Jofra Archer who was the X-factor in the Hurricanes team in BBL07, he bowled at a rapid pace, he was a genuine wicket-taker and had great accuracy regarding his variations. An aggressive lower-order batsman, Archer was a class above his teammates in the Hobart side. He played a crucial role in Hurricanes making the BBL07 final. Naved-ul-Hasan the Pakistani medium-pacer only played in BBL01, but he made a great impact in that season. His medium-pacers brought wickets in the middle and death overs, and he had an unplayable slower ball. Xavier Doherty, Riley Meredith, and Ben Hilfenhaus as a T20 bowler was very effective. Swinging the new ball, he’d give Hurricanes breakthroughs in the power play overs and nail his yorkers at the death. His BBL form for the Hurricanes saw him get an IPL gig with the Chennai Super Kings and a recall to the Australian T20 side in 2012.[3]


Inaugural season[edit]

Perth Scorchers taking on Hobart Hurricanes at #TheFurnace in 2011

The Hobart Hurricanes' inaugural coach was Allister de Winter[4] and their inaugural captain was Tim Paine.

The Hobart Hurricanes made a bright start to the inaugural Big Bash League season in 2011/12, winning their first game at the WACA Ground against the Perth Scorchers, making 140 before bowling out the Scorchers for 109, with the performance of fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus resulting in his selection for the annual Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In the Hurricanes' second match they faced fancied favorites Sydney Sixers before inflicting a 42-run defeat on the Sixers at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Rana Naved-ul-hasan was the leading wicket taker in Big Bash League 2011–12, taking 15 wickets for the Hurricanes.[5]

Other seasons[edit]

The Hurricanes played a total of 8 games in the 2012–13 Big Bash League. They ended up losing 4 and winning the same number of games. They finished the tournament in 6th position out of 8 teams. The Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals in 2013–14 Big Bash by just 1 point ahead of Brisbane Heat. They won the semi-final against the Stars. They were outclassed by Perth Scorchers in the final by 39 runs. They finished as the runners-up, their best position so far. Ben Dunk was named the Man of the Tournament with 395 runs and Jonathan Wells was the young gun of the tournament. They only won 3 games in the 2014–15 season and ended up 5th on the table.

In July 2018, they were one of the six teams invited to play in the first edition of the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy, scheduled to start in October 2018.[6]

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Finishing Position Finals
BBL01 2nd Semi Final loss
BBL02 6th DNQ
BBL03 4th Runners Up
BBL04 5th DNQ
BBL05 7th DNQ
BBL06 7th DNQ
BBL07 4th Runners Up
BBL08 1st Semi Final loss
BBL09 4th Eliminator loss
  • The BBL finals expanded to a top-five format in BBL09.


Years Kit Manufacturers Chest Sponsor Breast Sponsor Sleeve Sponsor
2011-12 KooGa PKF Blundstone No Sponsor
2012-13 Discover Tasmania
2013-14 Blundstone The Smith Family
2014-15 Majestic Athletic Zap Fitness Blundstone
2015-16 Chemist Warehouse MyState
2016-17 HotelsCombined
2017-18 Tassal
2018-19 Cadbury MyState
  • In BBL07, Tassal appeared as the chest sponsor for home games, while MyState appeared as the chest sponsor for away games.
  • The Hurricanes, along with a number of other BBL teams, introduced a sleeve sponsor for BBL08

Team song[edit]

The Hurricanes were the first BBL franchise to have their own team song, the lyrics of which were written by Tim Paine performed to the tune of When Johnny Comes Marching Home. The lyrics to the song (as of BBL06) are as follows:[7]

The purple army's on the march again, again.
The purple army's on the march again, again.
We bat, we bowl, we take control,
We play the game with guts and soul
The purple army's on the march again.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, again.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, again.
We'll knock 'em down, we'll win the fight.
We'll sing our victory song tonight.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, again!

The song's original second verse, prior to BBL06, made reference to the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20:

The Hurricanes have won the game again, again.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, again.
The champion's league is in our sight,
We'll knock 'em down and win the fight.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, again!

The team also uses the song Rock You Like a Hurricane to lead the team onto the field, and Hurricane by Australian band Faker, the anthem for team mascot Captain Hurricane.


Hobart holds a number of batting records in the Big Bash competition. As of January 2020, Hobart holds the highest team score in the competition's history with 8/223 against the Melbourne Renegades in January 2017, and the fourth-highest with 1/217 against the Adelaide Strikers in January 2020. On top of this, the team holds the four highest run chases in Big Bash history.

Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 130 off 61 balls against the Strikers in January 2020 is the second-highest individual score in competition history, and also overtaking teammate D'Arcy Short's for the highest Hurricanes score. Short’s unbeaten 122 off 69 balls against the Brisbane Heat in January 2018 was the highest individual score in BBL history until early 2020, while Ben McDermott's score of 114 against the Melbourne Renegades in January 2017 is the sixth-highest individual score in the competition's history.

In 2017–18, Short broke the competition record for the most individual runs in a season, scoring 465 runs in the first seven games of the season. The record broke Shaun Marsh's previous record of 412 runs in fewer games than Marsh's BBL02 record.[8] In an extended season, Short scored 572 runs at 57.32, and was named player of the tournament.

Wade and Short hold the team record for the highest partnership, combining for 203 against the Strikers in the same game Wade set the Hurricanes individual score record. Short contributed 72 to the partnership before being dismissed.

The competition's leading wicket-taker Ben Laughlin spent the first three seasons of the competition in Hurricanes' colours before moving to the Strikers. Former Hurricane Dan Christian’s figures of 5/14 against the Adelaide Strikers in BBL06 are the third-best bowling figures in competition history, while Short’s 5/21 against the Thunder in BBL09 are the fifth-best, with Short the only player in BBL history with a spot in the top five for highest batting score and best bowling figures.

Current squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold

S/N Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
10 George Bailey Australia (1982-09-07) 7 September 1982 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm medium International Cap & Australian Selector
1 Caleb Jewell Australia (1997-04-21) 21 April 1997 (age 23) Left-handed
8 David Miller South Africa (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 31) Left-handed off spin Overseas player
33 Macalister Wright Australia (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm Leg Break
5 James Faulkner Australia (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 30) Right-Handed Left-arm Fast medium International Cap
24 Simon Milenko Australia (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
6 Tom Rogers Australia (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm fast medium
23 D'Arcy Short Australia (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 30) Left-handed Left-arm Leg spin International Cap
72 Nathan Ellis Australia (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
13 Matthew Wade Australia (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm medium Captain & International Cap
2 Jake Doran Australia (1996-12-02) 2 December 1996 (age 23) Left-handed
28 Ben McDermott Australia (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 25) Right-handed International Cap
28 Peter Handscomb Australia (1994-12-26) 26 December 1994 (age 25) Right-handed International Cap
Pace bowlers
15 David Moody Australia (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
35 Aaron Summers Australia (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm fast
25 Scott Boland Australia (1989-04-11) 11 April 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium International Cap
12 Riley Meredith Australia (1996-06-21) 21 June 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
Spin bowlers
32 Qais Ahmad Afghanistan (2000-08-15) 15 August 2000 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm Leg spin Overseas Player
31 Clive Rose Australia (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 31) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox spin


Name Span Matches Win Loss Nr
Xavier Doherty 2011–2014 9 5 4 0
George Bailey 2012–2018 29 14 14 1
Tim Paine 2013–2017 29 12 17 0
Matthew Wade 2018–present 22 13 8 1
Ben McDermott 2019-2020 6 3 3 0




International Players[edit]

Pakistan Rana Naveed
England Owais Shah
New Zealand Scott Styris
England Dimi Mascarenhas
Pakistan Shoaib Malik
England Alex Hales
West Indies Cricket Board Darren Sammy
England Tim Bresnan
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara
England Stuart Broad
England Jordan Clark
England Ben Duckett
West Indies Cricket Board Jerome Taylor
England Tymal Mills
England Jofra Archer
Afghanistan Qais Ahmad
South Africa David Miller

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ground History, Cricket Tasmania". Cricket Tasmania. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ "New Twenty20 Big Bash league to feature teams in pink, orange and purple as tradition is abandoned". Fox Sports (Australia). 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Greatest ever BBL teams". theroar.com.au/. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ Allister de Winter coach of Hobart Hurricanes
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Abu Dhabi to host teams from six countries in T20 tournament". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Team song video". Hobart Hurricanes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Short smashes BBL runs record". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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