Hurricanes pack extra pace for Perth

THE Hobart Hurricanes could drop a selection bombshell for their BBL blockbuster semi-final against defending champion Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium on Thursday night by replacing English import Tymal Mills with 21-year-old home-grown quick Riley Meredith.

Mills is under increasing pressure after conceding 56 runs from his four overs in the Hurricanes' loss to cellar-dweller Melbourne Stars at the MCG last Saturday.

In his 10 games in purple, Mills has been hit for 389 runs while taking eight wickets at an average of 48.6, an economy rate of 9.72 and best figures of 2-42.

When asked after the shock loss to the Stars - when the Hurricanes failed to defend 7-185 - if Mills was a certainty to play in the semis, Canes coach Gary Kirsten said: "I don't know. We'll see."

A stand-out local talent noted for his athleticism and natural pace, Meredith was rushed into the 14-man squad before it flew out of Hobart tonight.


The side was also boosted by the return of former captain and Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who was recently involved in Australia's successful Ashes campaign.

The Hurricanes will be without superstar opening batsman D'Arcy Short, the BBL's most prolific run scorer and six-hitter this summer, who earned a call-up to the Australian national Twenty20 team.

Kirsten said the Hurricanes had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

"There will be no expectation on us, which will be a nice way to play," he said.


Tymal Mills of the Hurricanes prepares to bowl. Picture: AAP
Tymal Mills of the Hurricanes prepares to bowl. Picture: AAP


The Hurricanes were the best of the rest in the 10 home-and-away games after the Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers, sitting third going into the final round.

The loss to the Stars meant they needed the Melbourne Renegades to beat Brisbane later that night to keep them in the finals.

Kirsten was disappointed with the finish to the regular season.

"We got some good momentum in the competition with five wins in a row but to lose the last three games has been tough, especially that [Melbourne Stars] game," Kirsten said.

"When you get a decent score you should be able to defend it."

Kirsten was satisfied with Hobart's 5-5 win-loss ratio.

"If someone said we'd get five wins we'd have been happy with that at the beginning of the season but we got something going and we thought we could do more," he said.