The Hobart Hurricanes’ Best Players
The Hurricanes have produced and nurtured some really good players over the years. Some have remained with the franchise, while others have moved on. Many have their beginnings with Hobart to thank for the start of their international careers with the Australian national team.
D’Arcy Short has hit the most runs in the histort of the BBL for the Hurricanes. The hard-hitting left-hander has also been able to contribute with the ball. His left-arm wrist spin, indeed, has been really fruitful on occasion. Short’s time with the Hurricanes has effectively spawned a burgeoning career in Australia’s ODI and T20I teams.
Matthew Wade has some real fight to him and this has shown in his captaincy of the Hurricanes. A good wicketkeeper-batsman, but also just a specialist middle-order batsman as and what the balance of the XI requires, Wade is a big asset for the franchise. He, like Short, has scored well over 1,000 runs for the Hobart franchise.
Jofra Archer was somewhat of a household name for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL before making his debut for England. When not tearing away for the ODI, T20I or Test XI in England, he is with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League or Hurricanes in the Big Bash. He is right up there as one of the Australian franchise’s leading wicket-takers.
Seamer Ben Laughlin has since moved to the Brisbane Heat. Before that change, though, he was a stalwart of the Hurricanes’ bowling attack. While Cameron Boyce is the most prolific spinner in the history of the Hobart BBL franchise, Laughlin carried the seam attack for several years. Many schools of though reckon Laughlin should have played more than eight times for Australia in limited-overs cricket.
It’s well worth noting that former national captain Ricky Ponting played for the Hobart Hurricanes. While his record for the franchise wasn’t lengthy, it’s only right that one of Tasmania’s most prominent sport personalities turned out for the state’s BBL franchise. Ponting still does his bit for the BBL, doing some colourful punditry and commentary for the tournament.