Jan 7: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars, Carrara Oval

Pro Tip: Carrara Oval is one of only venue where the average for pace bowlers is over 30 - 31.61 to be precise. The number goes down to 26.52 for spinners. So, make sure you have enough spinners in your 11.

Our XI: Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Hilton Cartwright, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Joe Denly, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee

Substitutes: Liam Hatcher, Nick Larkin, Lewis Gregory, Joe Burns.

Player availability: All players are available as of now.

We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss

Captain: Glenn Maxwell

The Stars' captain is the leading scorer for Stars in this edition of BBL with 255 runs in six innings at a strike rate of 153.61. At Carrara Oval, he has scored 238 runs in four games at a strike rate of 167.61 and has never been out below 30 at this venue.

Vice-captain: Nicholas Pooran

Pooran showed what he is capable of in his 26-ball 65 earlier this season, but has not been able to make a big score despite looking good in all games. We are backing him to do well against this Brisbane Heat attack.

Hot Picks

Marcus Stoinis: Last season's highest scorer has been in good form in this season too. He has scored 196 runs in six games at a strike rate of 160.65, one of the best strike rates for an opener in this edition of BBL.

Chris Lynn: Even though he has missed the majority of this season due to injury, he has scored 20, 69 and 30 in the games he has been part of. Against Stars, he has scored 276 runs in 11 games at an average of 34.50.

Joe Denly: The English batsman started his career with the Heat on a positive note, recording a 50-plus score in just his second game, off 36 balls.

Differential Picks

Adam Zampa: Australia's first choice spinner in limited-overs cricket Zampa had to miss a couple of games this season due to various reasons but has bowled extremely well. In his last four games, Zampa has picked up eight wickets. He was the best spinner in the league last season too, with 20 wickets in 12 games at an average of 16.20.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman: The Afghanistan spinner produced the Heat's best bowling figures ever recently with 5 for 15 against the Hurricanes last week. Since his debut in the BBL two seasons ago, he has been the most prolific spinner for the Heat, picking up 26 wickets in 24 games.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Joe Burns can replace Hilton Cartwright