Hur­ri­cane Tom all set for Big Bash stint

The Cricket Paper - - LIVE - By Chris Stocks

TOM CUR­RAN is set to join Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes for this win­ter’s Big Bash ahead of Eng­land’s lim­ited-overs se­ries in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The 22-year-old Sur­rey fast bowler has been called up for to­mor­row’s sole Twenty20 against West Indies in Durham and the five-match one-day se­ries that fol­lows.

It comes af­ter Cur­ran made an im­pres­sive start to his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer ear­lier this sum­mer, tak­ing five wick­ets at an av­er­age of 11 in two T20s against South Africa at Taun­ton and Cardiff.

Now it ap­pears Cur­ran’s rise to the Eng­land ranks has earned him his first shot at play­ing in Aus­tralia’s Big Bash, with The Cricket Pa­per un­der­stand­ing that a deal with Ho­bart has been agreed.

Ear­lier this year, the Hur­ri­canes ap­pointed for­mer South Africa and In­dia coach Gary Kirsten fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign that saw them fin­ish sec­ond-bot­tom of the BBL.

For­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain Ricky Ponting played a ma­jor role in that ap­point­ment af­ter tak­ing on a con­sul­tancy role with the club.

And it ap­pears Ponting has taken ad­vice from Sur­rey head coach Michael Di Venuto, his fel­low Tas­ma­nian and long-time Aus­tralia team-mate, to sign Cur­ran.

The move would give Cur­ran valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of a ma­jor T20 fran­chise com­pe­ti­tion for the first time and also be sound prepa­ra­tion ahead of Eng­land’s one-day se­ries in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary and the T20 Tri-Se­ries, also in­volv­ing New Zealand, that fol­lows.

Ho­bart also want an­other English­man in Ty­mal Mills, the Sus­sex T20 spe­cial­ist who this year earned a £1.4mil­lion IPL pay­day with Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore.

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