Jan 4: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes, Hobart
Pro Tip: Quick bowlers have enjoyed better returns at Bellerive Oval in BBL games this season, with an average of 22.61, while spinners average 28.41. So it's a good idea to have more fast bowlers in the XI>
Our XI: Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, D'Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Scott Boland, Sandeep Lamichhane
Substitutes: Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott, Andre Fletcher, Liam Hatcher
Player availability: After completing his one-match ban, Adam Zampa will be back for the Stars. However, Nic Maddinson may not be available for them as he was injured during the last game. 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: Dawid Malan
Malan, the No. 1-ranked T20I batsman, was the highest scorer for his side in his last two outings with a 32-ball 39 and 56-ball 75. In 2020, he scored 397 runs in ten T20Is at an average of 49.62 and a strike rate of 142.29.
Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell
The Stars' captain is the leading scorer in this edition of BBL with 249 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 156.60. He is also the master of the middle overs (7 to 15), having scored the most runs since the inception of the league - 1468 runs at a strike rate of 145.20.
Tim David: David has 189 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 160.16. He has scored 108 runs in Bellerive Oval so far in BBL 10, being dismissed only once and striking at 166.15.
Scott Boland: Boland has picked up nine wickets in the season so far and is continuing from where he left off in the last season, where he picked up 15 wickets in ten games.
Adam Zampa: In his last three games, Zampa has picked up seven wickets. He was the best spinner in the league last season too, with 20 wickets in 12 games at an average of 16.20.
Billy Stanlake: He had a disappointing last season, but Stanlake has come back extremely well in the recent games in the absence of the Stars' premier pacers in Nathan Coulter-Nile and Dilbar Hussain, picking up eight wickets in the last four games.
Sandeep Lamichhane: Lamichhane has 28 BBL wickets in 22 games. In CPL 2020, he picked up 12 wickets in ten innings, finishing joint-sixth in the list.
- Sandeep Lamichhane can be replaced by Riley Meredith.
- Nicholas Pooran is an alternative vice-captain option.