The Hobart Hurricanes have announced the new signing of experienced left-arm pace bowler, Joel Paris (28), from the Perth Scorchers.
Having been associated with the Scorchers for the last eight years, Paris will hop over to the other side of the Tasman in hopes of receiving more game time, particularly on the back of his recent form with the white ball for WA.
In his three One-Day Cup appearances in the 2020-21 season, Paris averaged 13.30 with the ball. Among his scalps for the tournament were Australian internationals Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Nic Maddinson and Jack Wildermuth.
Paris is also coming off recent form with the bat, following a maiden first-class century for the Western Australia No.8 in Round 10 of the recent Sheffield Shield against Victoria.
Due to the Scorchers’ plethora of fast bowlers with Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, and Matt Kelly, in addition to the pace bowling all-rounders of Mitch Marsh and Aaron Hardie, Paris only bowled one over in last season’s Big Bash.
In the Hurricanes’ present pace-bowling attack of Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland and Riley Meredith, they are lacking any left-arm options. This opportunity is ideal for Joel Paris as he will presumably aim to bowl in more than five Big Bash matches in a season for the first time since 2015/16.
In response to Paris’ exit, the Scorchers have signed Western Australia pace-bowler Lance “The Wild Thing” Morris from the Melbourne Stars. For more on Lance Morris, see my article on him.
Along with Joel Paris, another Scorcher turned Hurricane has also been making headlines.
Batting all-rounder and Singaporean international Tim David (25) has been dominating for Surrey in the Royal London One-Day Cup in the UK. David is currently averaging 78.33 for the tournament, after his first eight games.
At time of writing, in his last two innings, David has scored 52 not out off 38 and 140 not out off 70. Despite batting at No.6 or No.7 for the Hurricanes in BBL10, David’s promotion to No.4 in England has clearly done the trick.
Following his most successful individual BBL campaign (averaging 31.00) and a very consistent debut tournament in this year’s Pakistan Super League (averaging 45.00), Tim David has shown he can do it on the world stage.
In the upcoming season, Joel Paris and Tim David will be names to look out for while representing both the Hobart Hurricanes and Claremont-Nedlands in the WACA Premier competitions.