BBL 2022-23: "You’ve Signed A Contract"- Brad Hogg Criticises BBL Stars For Missing Games

Updated - 01 Dec 2023, 04:55 PM

Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)

There is “no justification,” according to Australian cricket analyst Brad Hogg, for Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile to skip games for the Melbourne Stars given that the team is wallowing toward the bottom of the BBL standings.

The Stars are off to a terrible start in BBL 2022-23 with only one victory in five games, which has been made worse by Glenn Maxwell’s season-ending pre-tournament leg injury. Maxwell’s absence comes in addition to Stars coach David Hussey’s outspoken condemnation of his players’ conduct following their devastating defeat to the Perth Scorchers last week. 

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Brad Hogg Furious On Players Missing BBL Games

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis, BBL (PC-Getty Images)

Given that both Stoinis and Coulter-Nile skipped the club’s Boxing Day BBL match in order to spend Christmas at their families’ home in Perth, Hogg claims he is unable to refute this assertion. 

“It’s always massive when you lose someone like Glenn Maxwell,” he said on SEN. 

“I’m listening to a few comments coach David Hussey has said over the last couple of days … the attitude he wasn’t happy with them with the previous game. When you’ve got a couple players going home for Christmas and not participating in the game and then you’ve got the big injury of Glenn Maxwell, then it’s going to upset other players in your camp. 

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“I don’t like being negative on these sort of fronts, but you’re a team. You’ve signed a contract. You’re there for the long run. And some of these players aren’t playing all formats of the game for Australia so for me, there’s probably no excuse unless there’s some serious personal reasons to have to leave the team environment. Little things like that can upset the group.” 

It Is The Culture You Build: Brad Hogg

This BBL season, Stoinis has battled with consistency, starting with back-to-back ducks and averaging just 3.5 runs scored each game. In addition, he has only taken two wickets in his seven overs, averaging more than 11 runs per over. Colter-nile, on the other hand, got the series off to a hot start by taking 3-19 and hitting 15 home runs. He has only taken three wickets in three games after that initial match. 

The Perth Scorchers are leading the table despite Mitch Marsh’s significant summertime injury layoff, so the Stars aren’t the only team to lose a major player in BBL this season.

Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers, BBL  (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Looking at the Perth Scorchers as well, you talk about a Glenn Maxwell with the Melbourne Stars, the Perth Scorchers are always a team a little displaced with players pulled out with injury or (national) selection and they’ve always been able to cover those,” Hogg praised. 

“It’s the culture you build. The Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers have always had that culture and been able to keep that.” 

David Hussey Criticizes Melbourne Stars Players

On Boxing Day, Hussey was harsh in the critique of his Stars squad, saying they “disappeared when the heat was on.” 

“We just have to tidy up a few things – a bit of attitude, just focusing on what the skipper does and work with the skipper and execute your plans under a bit of pressure,” he said on Fox Cricket. 

“Our boys had a crack (against Perth) and competed but we just need to tidy up a few areas of the attitude I think. It’s more attitude as in we have a couple of team rules about competing and working with the captain on which plans to bowl to certain players and unfortunately those plans disappeared when the heat was on.”

Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars, BBL (Image Credits: Twitter)

The Sydney Sixers were transparent about their choice to rest pace bowler Sean Abbott for Friday night’s victory against the Melbourne Renegades. 

The Sixers decided to utilize foreigner Chris Jordan for his first game of the tournament because there were four games in six days; in that game, he won player of the match.

“We looked at this period of our schedule where we’ve got seven games in 14 days and about four or five flights so even though everyone’s pulling up OK, because of how strong our bowling group is, we sort of spoke about making sure everyone maybe misses one game in that period and just rotates through so we do have, if we are good enough, we have game ready players and fresh players,” Sixers captain Moises Henriques said. 

The Fox Cricket team of Mark Waugh and Brett Lee acknowledged that they weren’t in favor of a rest strategy. Waugh laughed as he said that players “probably get more work serving the drinks” than bowling four overs. 

The Stars have nine games left, but they are in last place on the BBL 2022-23 table, only behind the Brisbane Heat in terms of net run rate. 

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