Stars back for Melbourne in vital BBL game


The Melbourne Stars will bowl first in tonight’s BBL match against the Adelaide Strikers, with a number of key players back in their side.

Ahead of the bottom of the table contest, there are wholesale changes to the Stars’ line-up, with a host of their players freed from COVID quarantine including star spinner and fill-in captain Adam Zampa.

Other additions include Beau Webster, Joe Clarke and Nathan Coulter-Nile, while Marcus Stoinis remains out despite clearing quarantine.

They will also miss captain Glenn Maxwell, who got COVID after the Stars’ last match, a five-wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades on January 3.

Meanwhile, the Strikers are dealing with COVID problems of their own, with batter Matt Renshaw missing after a positive test.

They regain Ryan Gibson who hasn’t played since Adelaide’s first game of the season, where he did a hamstring.

The Strikers are seventh on the BBL table, with only tonight’s opponent below them.

Stars: Clint Hinchliffe, Joe Clarke, Nick Larkin, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Xavier Crone, Qais Ahmad, Adam Zampa (capt), Haris Rauf, Brody Couch.

Strikers: Matt Short, Henry Hunt, Jake Weatherald, Jonathan Wells, Thomas Kelly, Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Harry Nielsen, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle (capt), Fawad Ahmed.


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