The Hurricanes should have the class to knock off the Sixers at home on Thursday night.
The 1-1 Hurricanes were the pre-tournament favourites to win the BBL and while they have been a little bit off in their first two games, they are the pick here.
Matthew Wade and Tim David both look in ominous form with the willow, while we know there is plenty of improvement to come from Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short and Shadab Khan. Paddy Dooley is quickly becoming a BBL cult figure following his 4/16 against the Scorchers, but the form of Joel Paris is a concern after two wicketless efforts. Chris Tremain may come in for the West Australian in Sydney.
While the Sixers have had a tough start to the year, winless after meeting two genuine title contenders in Perth and Adelaide, they have been a mile off in both games. Their squad is full of solid veterans but they don’t have the star power to compete with the better teams like Hobart.
The Hurricanes have won 4 of the last 5 against the Sixers and should be too good again.
Wade has started the BBL season brilliantly and should go on with it here.
He’s whacked 51 and 35 from his two innings this season against two quality bowling attacks in the Scorchers and Stars. He’s also scored 25+ in 3 of his last 4 innings against the Sixers.
The Sixers have struggled with genuine pace in their two games this season which Meredith brings in spades.
Henry Thornton took 4/20 for the Strikers and Jhye Richardson took 4/9 for the Scorchers in one of the best bowling performances in recent BBL history.
Meredith has been the leading or equal leading wicket taker in 2 of the last 3 Hurricanes games and can have a big impact again in this one.
Same Game Multi
Hurricanes H2H / Wade 20+ runs / Meredith 2+ wickets