Hurricanes Early Favourites for Big Bash

Elias Hubbard
September 3, 2019

 It may not begin until December, but that does not mean you should not be getting excited for the ninth season of Australian Big Bash cricket with the twenty over format down-under set to light up a winter of sport for those of us a little in love with the bat and ball game.

The eight teams involved in the Big Bash will play in a total of thirteen stadium across the vast nation with the final set to take place on the 8th of February and already there is a narrow favourite for the title.

The Hobart Hurricanes from Tasmania head the betting and are worth a look especially with 10CRIC when it comes to looking for the best odds on the Big Bash this year.

The main reasons why the Hurricanes are viewed as early favourites is due to them topping the table after in standings after the 14 regular games last season with ten wins and just four defeats from their matches.

However, the biggest issue the Hurricanes face is being able to handle the pressure when it REALLY matters.

Few can argue that Hobart were the class of the field in the group stage, but they were knocked out at the semi-final stage last season by eventual runners-up the Melbourne Stars in an all Melbourne final.

The question marks over Hobart’s ability to get over the line continue as the year before last, the Hurricane’s again reached the last four and even made it to the final before suffering something of a heavy defeat losing by 25 runs to the Adelaide strikers.

In fact, in eight seasons, the Hurricanes are yet to win the Big Bash finals despite having qualified for the last four on four occasions.

However, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Tim Paine, Matthew Wade, and James Faulkner likely to be lining up for the Hurricanes this season, it is not hard to see why many view the Hurricanes as the side to finally break their Big Bash hoodoo.

The rest of the betting

The Melbourne Stars come in as the early second favourites for the tournament, and they - like the Hurricanes - remain winless in the overall tournament despite finishing runner-up twice (including last year).

West Indian big hitter and two-time IPL player of the series Sunil Narine is one of the reasons why the Stars are expected to shine this year whilst the likes of England’s Jos Buttler and Australian spinner Glenn Maxwell adding power options for the Stars.

The other Melbourne outfit – the Renegades – are surprisingly out at 6/1 early doors and will be worth a look.

The defending champions finished second in last season’s table – behind the Hurricanes – but went on to record a relatively comfortable victory in the playoff finals over neighbors the Melbourne Stars.

12 runs were the winning margin and with the England duo of James Vince and Adil Rashid under the stewardship of captain Aaron Finch, the feeling is that team spirit may well pull the Renegades through once again.

The tournament gets underway on the 17th December and provide nearly two months of fast paced, intense cricket action.

You won’t want to miss it.













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