Experienced Melbourne Stars look for winning start
6th Match - Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars
26th December, Bellerive Oval, 19:10 local | 8:10 GMT
Melbourne Stars will be seen in action for the first time in this season of the Big Bash League tournament when they lock horns with Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval on Monday.
The Stars came very close to winning their first title last season before they were defeated by three wickets by the eventual champions Sydney Thunders. Captained by David Hussey, the Melbourne Stars boasts of number of internationals, who will be up against a rampaging Hobart Hurricanes side, who are fresh from a convincing win against Sydney Sixers.
Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Luke Wright and Marcus Stoinis provide a lot of balance to the side with their all-round skills while the likes of Ben Hilfenhaus, leading wicket-taker in ODIs in 2016 Adam Zampa, Scott Boland and Michael Beer make their bowling a formidable one too. However, they will miss the service of Kevin Pietersen, who has headed back home for Christmas.
On the other hand, Hobart Hurricanes, riding on a half-centuries from debtutant D'Arcy Short and Tim Paine had posted 200 runs on their opening game but they would hope for more contribution from the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and George Bailey.
Stuart Broad had an ordinary start to his BBL career and will be hoping to make amends in the second game while the performance of Clive Rose and Shaun Tait will be heartening for the home side.
Face to Face:
In their only encounter last season in game 21, Melbourne Stars came with a clinical bowling performance which dismissed Melbourne Stars for 124 and chased it down riding on half centuries from Maxwell and Wright with eight wickets in hand.
Players to watch out:
Glenn Maxwell: The Victorian all-rounder's controversial comments kept him out of the ODI series against New Zealand. His last appearance for Australia was in the T20I series against Sri Lanka where he scored a record breaking 145 and a blistering 66 in the two matches. He will be desperate to remind the selectors about his skill and talent to break into the Australian side.
Kumar Sangakkara: The former Sri Lankan captain had a quiet season last time and managed only 16 runs in the opening game. Knowing his track record and destructive play at the top, he will certainly be the player Hobart Hurricanes will be hoping to deliver on Monday.
Hobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine (captain), Dan Christian, Cameron Boyce, George Bailey, Stuart Broad, Hamish Kingston, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Kumar Sangakkara, D'Arcy Short, Shaun Tait, Jon Wells.
Melbourne Stars: David Hussey (captain), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa
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