Jan 7: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, Perth

Pro Tip:After a couple of consecutive golden ducks, Alex Hales has been unstoppable with scores of 35, 71, 45 and 46. It is hard to look past him as a captain for this game.

Our XI: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, D'Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Colin Ingram, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane

Substitutes: Sam Billings, Nathan McAndrew, Tim David, Scott Boland.

Player availability: Keemo Paul will not be available for Hurricanes for the rest of the season due to injury.

We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss

Captain: Alex Hales
The second-highest scorer in the BBL last season with 576 runs in 17 games, Hales carried that form to this season too. He has looked in brilliant touch so far scoring 243 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 176.08, 188 of those runs have come in boundaries, the most in the tournament.

Vice-captain: Dawid Malan
Malan, the No. 1-ranked T20I batsman, was the highest scorer for his side twice in his four games so far with scores of 39 (32) and 75 (56). Perth Stadium's true pace and bounce is likely to assist his batting style. In 2020, he scored 397 runs in ten T20Is at an average of 49.62 and a strike rate of 142.29.

Hot Picks
Callum Ferguson: The Thunder skipper has led from the front this season, scoring 243 runs in seven games, the joint-most for his side, with three 50-plus scores so far. He recorded his personal highest T20 score and the highest at Perth Stadium ever when he scored 113* off 53 balls in 2018 against Scorchers.

Ben McDermott: After a sub-par BBL season last year, where he scored only 265 runs in 15 games, McDermott has come extremely this season where he has already surpassed his last season's tally in just six games. He has scored 277 runs at an average of 55.40 and a strike rate of 136.45. He is also among the top six-hitters with 15 sixes.

Daniel Sams: The 28-year-old allrounder, who recently made his T20I debut for Australia, has been in stunning form with both bat and ball for Thunder. He is the only player to score 100-plus runs and take 5-plus wickets in this edition of the tournament so far.

Differential Picks
Usman Khawaja: The stylish opener has not yet scored a fifty in seven attempts. However, he has shown signs of his class in knocks of 48(34) and 34(16) recently. He has recorded three 30-plus scores against Hurricanes in his last four innings.

Sandeep Lamichhane: Lamichhane has 29 BBL wickets in 23 games. The last time he played in Perth Stadium, he bowled a breath taking spell of 3-1-7-2 against Perth Scorchers.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Sam Billings or Tim David can replace Colin Ingram.

  • Riley Meredith and Scott Boland can be swapped.