Cricket: See the Hurricanes in action this summer

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The Australian summer cricket schedule has undergone a dramatic overhaul this season with the development of the brand new KFC Twenty-20 Big Bash League involving eight teams from around the country.

And the changes have swept their way to the island state too as the traditional Tasmanian Tigers swap name, outfits and a few players for the game's shortest format.

Known as the Hobart Hurricanes, the franchise combines local stars Ricky Ponting, Tim Paine and Ben Hilfenhaus with a few imports such as Pakistan's Rana Naved and Englishman Owais Shah.

In its first home match of the tournament the Hurricanes will take on the Sydney Sixers at picturesque Bellerive Oval on December 21.

The small ground, which opened in 1914, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places to watch cricket in the world.

Even if you're not a fan of either side or a regular cricket follower, an evening watching the action at what promises to be a packed house could be the ideal change of pace after a day walking, shopping or swimming at the beach.

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