Cricket Australia Items/news/2012/7/10/hurricanes-birt-blizzard

Birt, Blizzard join Hurricanes

UPDATED 04 January, 2013 3:23PM AEST |

Hobart Hurricanes have opened their BBL|02 account signing two powerful hitters

The Hobart Hurricanes have signed BBL|01 Player of the Year Travis Birt on a three-year deal.

Birt stole the show last summer with powerful batting displays. He was the leading run scorer in the competition amassing 345 runs which included a top score of 74 (from 36 balls) as well as the fastest 50 ever recorded in Australian Domestic cricket after he scored 50 from 22 balls against the Melbourne Stars.

His entertaining style of cricket gave the record crowds in Hobart and around the country a reason to get behind the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Birt said he couldn’t wait to re-sign with the Hobart Hurricanes and re-locate for some of the Hobart summer.

“I really enjoyed my time back in Hobart as a Hurricane and I’m looking forward to the season starting all over again and escaping Perth’s sweltering summer heat for a while.

“The excitement and the buzz around the Hobart Hurricanes during the inaugural Big Bash League season was great to be a part of,” Birt said.

New recruit Aiden Blizzard will also pull on the purple for the Hurricanes.

An aggressive left handed batsman, former Adelaide Striker Blizzard’s powerful shot making saw him gain an opening position with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League last season.

In his first domestic T20 match with the Bushrangers (the former Twenty20 Big Bash) he showed his phenomenal ability smashing 89 from 38 balls.

The Hobart Hurricanes will announce further signings during the recruiting window which will continue until Friday 20 July.

Each BBL team has to sign a minimum of 14 players in the signing window, with a maximum of 18 players allowed. Final squads will be completed by 30 November.

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The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 10 July, 2012 11:34AM AEST

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