Henry James Hunt (born 7 January 1997) is an Australian cricketer, currently playing for South Australia as an opening batsman.
Early life and career
Hunt grew up living on a farm near a small town between Grenfell and Cowra in New South Wales. His father, James Hunt, had played for the Canberra Raiders, a rugby league team, and built a cricket net in the backyard of their family home. He originally played grade cricket for Queanbeyan District and was first selected to play for the ACT/NSW Country Comets in the 2014–15 season of the Futures League.
Hunt played for Australia under-19s in 2015–16, and he was named in Australia's squad that was scheduled to play in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, but withdrew from the tournament due to security concerns.
In the 2018–19 season Hunt scored 208 in a Futures League match against Queensland Under-23s, followed by another four half-centuries during the season. He was the tournament's leading run-scorer with 737 runs at an average of 46.06. During the 2018–19 season, Hunt also played for Eastern Suburbs in Sydney Grade Cricket, and he equalled Johan Botha's record for the fastest Twenty20 century in the competition, scoring 104 runs off of 45 deliveries against UNSW.
On the back of his performances in the 2018–19 season, Hunt earned a rookie contract with South Australia for the 2019–20 season. He made his first-class debut on 10 October 2019, against Victoria in the 2019–20 Sheffield Shield season. In his first innings he scored his maiden half-century, finishing with a total of 75 runs.
On 11 November 2019, in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania, Hunt scored his maiden century in first-class cricket in just his fourth first-class match. He scored 132 and had a 293-run partnership with Jake Weatherald, breaking a 52-year-old record for the highest opening partnership for South Australia in first-class cricket. In Hunt's innings he hit 17 boundaries, including a six. Hunt followed up his century with another half-century in the second innings.