CRICKET: The Hobart Hurricanes could boast up to nine bowling options for their Big Bash League opener against the Sydney Sixers after naming their 13-man squad for clash at the SCG.
Three of the 13 - D'Arcy Short, Stuart Broad and Beau Webster - are in line to make their BBL debut against the Sixers tonight (6.30pm, AEST), while Hamish Kingston could make his Hurricanes debut after being traded from the Adelaide Strikers.
The line-up only really leaves four players - captain Tim Paine, Kumar Sangakkara, George Bailey and Jon Wells - who aren't considered to be bowling options. And it's a situation that has Paine visibly rapt.
"That's something that we've been really keen to have and we've been happy to put together,” Paine said.
"We had times last year when we didn't know who to bowl at times. This year the challenge is going to be that we have to have the guys bowling in the right spots and the right time and not have somebody slip out to fine leg and we forget about them.”
The Hurricanes skipper confirmed the powerful Short will join him in opening for the Sixers clash on Friday.
Short's left-arm chinaman also has him set for a spinning partnership with Cameron Boyce.
Paine said they would probably be joined by left-arm off-spinner Clive Rose and even by Webster at some point in the season to give the Canes a four-pronged spin attack.
"Odds on that you will see Clive in this game (against the Sixers) but at some stage you could see all four of them play together if the conditions suit,” Paine said.
Despite shining in his Hurricanes debut against the Adelaide Strikers last season, taking 3-25 to almost pull off an unlikely victory, all-rounder Simon Milenko has not made the Canes' opening squad.
But Paine said with Kingston on board as a defensive bowler, he was pleased with the bowling options he had in front of him for the Sixers game.
"We certainly hope our bowling improves. We thought our attack was okay last year but it wasn't probably as deep as we would have liked it and we've rectified that this year,” he said.
Paine said the squad would be whittled down once they saw the SCG pitch and found out more about the Sixers' line-up.