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Sangakkara could open for BBL's Hurricanes

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Andrew Drummond

Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara might find himself opening the batting for the Hobart Hurricanes as he returns to prove his value in the Big Bash League.

Fresh from victory in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), there's a chance the 39-year-old will climb the Hobart order for the coming season.

With former opener Ben Dunk traded to the Adelaide Strikers, there's a spot available and Sangakkara, who failed to record any hefty scores batting down the order in his maiden BBL tournament, could be a perfect fit.

"I've batted at No.3 in the Carribean Premier League, opened in the BPL and then a few batting order shuffles come the finals and I was batting at No.5," Sangakkara told reporters in Hobart on Wednesday of his recent roles.

"My game is ideally into that top four.

"When you look at (the) T20 make-up of sides around the world, you always have that kind of balance - you always try and have your power hitters staggered so that you have some at the top, one in the middle and maybe a couple to finish off.

"One thing I've found in T20 cricket is a good solid start is still as important as in any other format."

Retired from international cricket, Sangakkara hopes his recent outings on the punishing Bangladeshi wickets will serve as good preparation for the Australian T20 competition.

"The wickets in Bangladesh are not the easiest to score runs on - of course, less bounce - and here, the bounce and pace would probably mean a better time for batsmen," he said.

The Hurricanes' new international signing, England Test bowler Stuart Broad, will join his purple teammates in Sydney for their season opener and Sangakkara says the paceman will bring a huge amount of experience.

"He's played white-ball cricket for England for a long time and he has the skills to challenge batsmen with the new ball, but also come back in the middle and in the death and execute the yorker and variations that any franchise would look for," the Sri Lankan said.

"If Broady does well, I'm sure England might look at him for the future in white-ball cricket."

The Hurricanes embark on a pre-season tour to Queensland before their competition opener on December 23 against the Sydney Sixers.

HURRICANES SQUAD: Tim Paine (capt), Dan Christian, Cameron Boyce, George Bailey, James Bazley, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Dom Michael, Simon Milenko, Sam Rainbird, Jake Reed, Clive Rose, Kumar Sangakkara, Stuart Broad, D'Arcy Short, Shaun Tait, Beau Webster, Jon Wells.

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