January 13: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers
Our XI: Liam Livingstone, Josh Ingilis, Matthew Wade, Cameron Bancroft, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Qais Ahmed, Jhye Richardson, Chris Jordan, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Ellis
Hurricanes' D'Arcy Short is with the Australia ODI squad in India while Riley Meredith (side) and James Faulkner (calf) are injured. Scorchers' Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner are also on international duty.
Captain: Liam Livingstone
With 223 runs from 142 balls, Livingstone is crucial to the Scorchers' chances. His starts go a long way in helping them win but there is a risk here: he has failed more than he has succeeded this season, but if he gets going, you do not want to miss the points. With Hobart being batting friendly, he's worth a punt.
Vice-captain: Matthew Wade
Wade is the main man for the Hurricanes. Their batting line-up is weak. As such, the total they put up will be dependent on Wade's form. He has started the season well with scores of 61 and 16 and would look to continue his good form.
Not bowled as much as he can but he has been making up with the bat. With 307 runs from 196 balls at a strike rate of 156.63, Marsh has delivered two match-winning knocks. The reason he has not been chosen as the captain is because his performances away from his home ground Perth have not the same.
Just like Livingstone, Inglis is key to the success of Scorchers. Together they form a powerful opening pair. Inglis has scored 202 runs from 131 balls striking at 154.19 with two fifties. He has blown hot and cold but against a weakened bowling line up why ignore the man in form.
Without Meredith, the Hurricanes' bowling is reliant on Qais Ahmed and he should relish conditions in Hobart which are better suited for spin. Ahmed has taken ten wickets at an economy of 7.73 and has gone wicketless only once. If the Hurricanes are going to win, he needs to perform a key role.
The Hurricanes have lost 18 wickets to spin and average just 23.66 - second-worst for any team in this year's BBL. Fawad Ahmed has taken nine wickets at 7.34 runs per over. He could play a big role to trouble this inexperienced Hurricanes' line-up.
Point to note
- The last time these two teams met, Hurricanes won by eight runs. Short made a century and Meredith broke the Scorchers' strong opening pair. Without Short and Meredith, Hurricanes have lost big players in both departments. It will be better to stack your team with Scorchers players.
- The average first innings score in Hobart is 168 and only twice in the last eight matches have teams batting first won the game. The Heat scored 212 against the Hurricanes here. Pace bowlers have an Economy of 8.9 while the spinners go at 7.9.