In the second match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10), Melbourne Stars will face Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval (Canberra) on Friday (11th December) evening.
In the BBL 09, while Melbourne Stars finished as the runners-up, Brisbane Heat managed to finish in the 7th position in the points table.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 2: Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Match Preview
The three-time runners-up Melbourne Stars are one of the most consistent sides in the BBL history as they only once finished below top four in the past nine BBL seasons. Though they dominated in the league stages and also reached the final in the BBL 09, Sydney Sixers beat them by 19 runs in the final of that tournament.
The Stars are surely desperate to end their trophy drought in this season. While they will begin the BBL 10 journey with two back-to-back matches on Friday (11th December) and Saturday (12th December), they will try their best just like the other teams to start in a positive manner.
The in-form Glenn Maxwell will continue to lead this side. Apart from him, the other big names in this squad are Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile etc. Andre Fletcher, Billy Stanlake and Liam Hatcher are the new addition in this team history.
In the meantime, Dilbar Hussain has joined as an international replacement player for Afghanistan cricketer Zahir Khan, who is completing his quarantine period.
Glenn Maxwell (C), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain, Nick Larkin, Tom O’Connell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa
The BBL 02 winners Brisbane Heat finished in the 7th position in the BBL 09 points table. In the last three BBL seasons, they failed to finish in the top four positions. But the new looking side is surely eyeing for a positive start in the new season.
Captain Chris Lynn and their new addition Tom Cooper are the big names in batting. Meanwhile, right-arm pacer Ben Laughlin was their most wicket-taker in the last season (15 wickets).
Young pacers Xavier Bartlett and Connor Sully, allrounders Jack Wood and James Bazley, English all-rounder Dan Lawrence are ready for their first experiences in the BBL.
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Dan Lawrence, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (C), Jimmy Peirson, Simon Milenko, Connor Sully, Jack Wood
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 2: Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Match Prediction
In the head-to-head contest, Brisbane Heat are ahead of Melbourne Stars by the 8-4 margin. However, in the last season, both teams won against each other their respective away matches. In the new season, both teams are ready to start in positive way.