Coach Gary Kirsten logs on for Hobart Hurricanes duty

Hobart Hurricanes coach Gary Kirsten has arrived ready to rebuild the reputation of Tasmania’s Twenty20 franchise.

THE BOSS: Gary Kirsten is ready to take the Hobart Hurricanes forward. Picture: Hobart Hurricanes

THE BOSS: Gary Kirsten is ready to take the Hobart Hurricanes forward. Picture: Hobart Hurricanes

The South African batting great, who guided India to the 50-over World Cup in 2011, said wins wouldn’t be the only way to measure any improvement in the side.

Under Damien Wright, the Canes made the competition final in 2013-14, but have been in the wilderness since, finishing fifth, seventh and seventh.

“Like any professional environment we are measured by our performances and we as coaches don’t hide from that,” Kirsten said.

“But importantly as well we want to put good processes and systems in place that can allow for sustainability number one, and number two that people can get excited that the team is going somewhere. There has been significant changes across management and in the playing staff as well, so it is new beginnings for the club in many ways in a lot of different areas.”

The 50-year-old said he was excited by the potential of the list.

He said it was a “well balanced” with enough options and experience to “take our campaign forward”.

There has been one late change with former Queensland batsman Nathan Reardon replacing James Bazley, who has been sidelined with osteitis pubis. David Moody will also miss the tournament with a back injury.

Meanwhile,WBBL coach Julia Price is feeling confident ahead of the start of the tournament this weekend.

The Canes headed to Adelaide on Friday ahead of a doubleheader against the Adelaide Strikers at Gliderol Stadium at Glenelg with weapons in English wicketkeeper batter Lauren Winfield and India batter Veda Krishnamurthy.

“They are different sort of players and I think they do have X-factors,’’ Price said on Friday. 

“Lauren (Winfield) is not playing in the international side in the T20s for England at the moment and she is really keen to get in there and Veda (Krishnamurthy) is really keen to get some bowling under her belt which is she is not doing in India, so playing for us is a prime opportunity for them to really show what they have got.”