January 15: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars, Perth
Our XI: Marcus Stoinis, Liam Livingstone, Josh Ingilis, Glenn Maxwell, Nick Larkin, Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane
NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a late injury (or other relevant updates).
Captain: Mitchell Marsh Since this is a home game for Perth, go for Mitchell Marsh as captain ahead of the likes of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. Marsh has been in prolific form this season in Perth, scoring 214 runs from four innings at a strike rate of 191.07, with 16 sixes and a highest score of 93. It's difficult to look beyond him.
Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell Perth Stadium has been favourable to the batsmen this season. Maxwell has been in great form, scoring 316 runs from 185 balls at a strike rate of 170.81. Maxwell has won game single-handedly for the Stars and can also offer some handy points with the ball.
He's the leading run-getter this season and is coming off a record-breaking 147*. Overall, Stoinis has hit 478 runs in nine innings at a strike rate of just under 135, with one hundred and four fifities. He has just one single-digit score this season, so back him to be consistent once again.
The Pakistani tearaway has taken 15 wickets from just six matches at an economy rate of 6.75. Irrespective of conditions, Rauf's pace has posed a threat to the batsmen. He bowls in the death and therefore the probability of him getting more wickets is high.
Leading wicket taker for the Scorchers, Richardson has 13 wickets at an economy rate 7.76. In the last match he played against the Hurricanes, Richardson picked up 4 for 19. Richardson is likely to play a key role for the Scorchers, particularly in the Powerplay, where he will be expected to strike and break the foundation of the Stars.
Josh Inglis/Liam Livingstone
One of the openers has mostly pressed on to set up the game for the Scorchers. Inglis has hit 275 runs at an average of 30.55 and strike rate of 155.36 while Liam Livingstone has made 226 runs at a strike rate of 151.67. We recommend you to have both openers in your team to balance the risks.
Points to note
Wait for the toss before you decide your captain and vice-captain You can swap it based on which team is batting first or second. Teams batting first have won all the four games so far at Perth Stadium.
The average first innings score at Perth Stadium is 191. Pace bowlers have an economy rate of 9.4 while the spinners go at 7.50. So, you might be better off by picking spinners.