Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith has called for a revamped Big Bash finals series after his top-of-the-table side was bundled out in a shock semi-final loss to Melbourne Stars.
The six-wicket defeat continued a long history of BBL minor premiers failing to reach the grand final, and was made even tougher to swallow by a serious shoulder injury to fan favourite George Bailey.
Speaking at the conclusion of his first BBL campaign, Griffith said the two-round finals series could do with some tinkering to better reward the top sides.
"The shoe was on the other foot last year for us - we went to Perth as the fourth-placed team and won over there," Griffith said.
"I’d like it to go third and fourth with elimination and first and second the winner goes through - I think that’s a good reward for finishing in the top two.
"With such a long tournament … the better teams tend to pop out on top of the table and to get a second chance would be good.
"I think perhaps that's something they'll look at in the future and that’s something the powers that be will discuss."
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The Hurricanes had the option of recalling Tim Paine to the line-up after the Test captain returned from national duties, but instead opted to stick with young gun Caleb Jewell in the number three role.
Asked if he would have made the same choice had he been given his time again, Griffith was unequivocal.
"One hundred times out of 100," he said.
"We’re big on continuity in a team and they're the group of players that got us there.
"We've got to back that in and the opportunity for those guys to play in a final is a great learning experience for them.
"We had a really good conversation and Tim was really good, Tim understood, he’d come back from a Test series and was really flat and really tired and he needed a break.
"We were in constant conversation Tim and I all the time and that’s the sort of person he is - he understands that we wanted to stick with the guys that got us there."
After exiting the field of play with two overs to go, Bailey was sent for scans on Friday, with a provisional return date expected in the coming days.
"He was pretty sore ... the shoulder popped out but then went back in again and you just don't know with those things how much damage it does until you get the scans," Griffith said.
"Fingers crossed it's nothing too major, he’s never done a dislocation before so he’s not sure.
"If it was a bowler you'd be pretty concerned but as a batter we’ll wait and see."
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