Danny Briggs and Johan Botha first players replaced under BBL X factor rule

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Adelaide Strikers brought in Matt Short and Hobart Hurricanes picked up Mac Wright

Danny Briggs and Johan Botha are answers to the quiz question. It took eight matches, but the BBL saw the first X-factor replacements with the Hobart Hurricanes and the Adelaide Strikers using the new rule in the match in Launceston on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes fought 3 for 70 after 10 overs on a surface that clearly favored the fast bowlers, with a swing, a seam and an extra bounce counting the top three. The Spinners, however, were neutralized and targeted by the Hurricane Batsman in the first 10 overs. As a result, both sides chose to replace a spinner for the extra batsman at the midpoint of the first inning.

A player may be substituted if he has bowled no more than over or still has to bat.

Strikers overseas bowler Briggs was pinned by Hurricanes pair Ben McDermott and Colin Ingram, going for 15 in his only over and was replaced by batsman Matthew Short.

The Hurricanes also replaced spinner Botha and included specialist batsman Mac Wright, who appeared at the fall of the next wicket in the 12th.

Wright came in at 4 for 95 ahead of the originally selected Tim David, who starred in the Hurricanes first win of the tournament against the Sydney Sixers.

Hurricane coach Adam Griffith explained the decision to Channel Sep.. “We just wanted to keep Timmy,” Griffith said, “He showed he didn’t need too many balls to get going. Mac is a good player to work the ball with this field, get through us and then explode at the back end.”

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Melbourne

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