Hurricanes to come out swinging: Wells

HOBART'S confidence as a batting group hasn't been dented by the James Pattinson-led destruction at the hands of the Renegades, according to the in-form Jon Wells.

A game after chasing down 209 against the Brisbane Heat, the Hurricanes stumbled to be all out for 111 chasing 163 on New Year's Day, and will be looking for a much more competitive total when it faces the Scorchers at the Furnace in Perth tonight

But the fluctuating results outcomes with the willow are not a cause to worry, said Wells who has contributed an unbeaten 36 from 20 balls and 17 from 13 in his two innings so far in the Big Bash League.

``It was disappointing from the batting group's perspective last game, but we're all still confident,'' Wells said yesterday.

``We're still backing our plans, it's just we lost a couple of wickets early in the last game which can happen in Twenty20 cricket.

``We won't be changing things too much, we'll just be going out there with a clear head and we'll be backing ourselves.''

Wells said he felt he was ``seeing the ball quite well'' this year.

``Overall it has been a reasonable start for me without setting the world on fire, so I'll be looking to build on that,'' Wells said.

``I'm not a big power-hitter like Aaron Finch or Glenn Maxwell, so I can't clear the fence at will, so for me it's about coming out with a plan on how to score boundaries depending on the field.

``I feel I am strong all around the ground, and with five fielders back, there are always one or two areas where I can try to find the boundaries. 

``So I can try to focus on waiting for balls in those areas, and in between that it is just about being busy, hitting the gaps and running hard,'' he said.

Wells, who will come up against a challenging Scorchers attack featuring both quality pace (Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alfonso Thomas, Yasir Arafat, Mitch Marsh) and spin (Brad Hogg), said he was looking forward to his first experience of T20 cricket in the West.

The home team will enter the game in fourth place with four points, two spots ahead of the Hurricanes, who have three competition points.

``The competition is really close and it is a huge game for us, and hopefully we can come away with the points on the road,''

 Wells said.

Hobart has named an unchanged squad.

 HOBART HURRICANES:  Tim Paine (c), Xavier Doherty (vc), Aiden Blizzard, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin

Shoaib Malik, Owais Shah, Jon Wells.

 PERTH SCORCHERS:  Simon Katich , Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Alfonso Thomas, Ashton Turner, Craig Simmons, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.

Jon Wells, of the Hurricanes, bats during the Big Bash League match against Brisbane Heat.   Picture: Getty Images.

Jon Wells, of the Hurricanes, bats during the Big Bash League match against Brisbane Heat. Picture: Getty Images.


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