Melbourne Stars will host Perth Scorchers in an exciting battle as both the teams are desperate to win. Melbourne Cricket Ground will witness this clash between two Big Bash heavyweights. Perth Scorchers are currently going through a tough phase and are languishing at the bottom of the table. They could only manage a solitary win in the six matches so far and will be looking to upset the visitors.
Melbourne Stars are a dominant force at home and will be looking to move to second spot and beat the struggling Scorchers side. Currently, the home side are sitting in the third spot with six points. They have won three matches out of their five games played this season.
Few stars will be missing from both the games due to national call-ups for the upcoming ODIs against India. Scorchers will miss the service of Mitch Marsh, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorf. It will be difficult for them to replace such players, for a team who is trying to find momentum.
For Melbourne Stars, Glenn Maxwell Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Adam Zampa will not be available to feature in this match. Both the teams will be without their regular captains which might create some problems. Nic Maddinson will lead the Melbourne Stars for sometimes.
Date: Wednesday, January 09, 2019.
Time: 01:45 PM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
League: Big Bash League 2018-19
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
Nic Maddinson will be the new captain of Melbourne Stars
Maxwell, Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Adam Zampa are going to miss out
Tom O’Connell will replace Adam Zampa and is set to make his debut
Scorchers have made three changes to their squad
Usman Qadir, Sam Whiteman and Aaron Hardie will feature in this match.
They will replace regular Skipper Mitch Marsh, Jason Behrendorf and Jhye Richardson who will miss out.
Perth Scorchers- Ashton Turner (c), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Michael Klinger, Cameron Bancroft, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Will Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, Aaron Hardie, Matt Kelly, Usman Qadir, Sam Whiteman, David Willey
Melbourne Stars- Michael Beer, Nic Maddinson (c), Nick Larkin, Jackson Bird, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Jonathan Merlo, Tom O’Connell, Scott Boland, Liam Plunkett
Probable Playing XI
- Cameron Bancroft
- Michael Klinger
- Ashton Turner (c)
- Hilton Cartwright
- Matt Kelly
- David Willey
- Ashton Agar
- William Bosisto
- Andrew Tye
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
- U Qadir
- Seb Gotch
- N Maddinson
- Nick Larkin
- Evan Gulbis
- Ben Dunk
- Dwayne Bravo
- Jonathan Merlo
- Liam Plunkett
- Michael Beer
- Scott Boland
- J Bird/L Bowe/T O’ Connell
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