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Hobart Hurricanes look to have the strength for title push

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They should not be significantly hit by international call-ups with the only question mark being the spin depth

Squad
Scott Boland, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nep), Caleb Jewell, Joel Paris, Harry Brook (Eng), Josh Kann, Jordan Thompson (Eng), Tom Lammonby (Eng, replacement), Jordan Cox (Eng, replacement), Tom Andrews (replacement)

In Joel Paris, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
Out James Faulkner, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Nick Winter, Johan Botha, Keemo Paul

Last season
Hurricanes stumbled in the last game of the season. They needed only to beat last-placed Melbourne Renegades to play finals but fluffed their lines, conceding 150 after bowling well early and then crumbled in the chase finishing 12 runs short of their target to miss the finals on net run-rate. Hurricanes were without Matthew Wade for most of the tournament but he was available for the finals and they could have done some damage given they had the talent. A couple of areas they did struggle in was in the spin department with Sandeep Lamichhane playing just 8 games for the season, while only three batters struck at above 130 which left them too far behind the rate in a number of chases, particularly late in the season.

International impact
They are set to be relatively unaffected by international duty with Wade now out of the Test side and Ben McDermott, who will miss at least the first game with a groin injury, was not called into the Australia A squad. The only man who will miss some games is Scott Boland as he is part of the Australia A squad early in the tournament but they do have cover in their fast-bowling stocks.
Player to watch
Tim David is possibly the most exciting prospect in Australian T20 cricket. He has already played international cricket with Singapore but is an Australian citizen and has made a huge impact in leagues around the world this year, playing in the PSL, the Blast, Hundred, the Royal London Cup and the CPL before spending the second half of the IPL training with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is the exact prototype Australia is looking for in terms of a middle-order/death power-hitter. He’s a good fielder and can bowl either offspin or medium pace. A big tournament will put him right in the frame for Australia’s T20 side.

Key stat
Hurricanes’ main concern last season was their spin department. While their pace bowlers took 60 wickets at 24.96, the spinners took just 20 wickets at 32.90 – the worst in the tournament.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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