Melbourne Stars are perhaps the unluckiest of the Big Bash League franchises. Making the semi-finals of all but one season, Melbourne has never won a Big Bash Trophy. But if there’s anything positive to take out of this record, it’s the fact that in the last two seasons they have pushed beyond their semi-final finishes and made it to the two successive finals, only to lose out.

In 2018, the Stars were bullish until the finals but went on to lose the title clash against their arch-rivals from the same place, the Renegades. The next season, the last in BBL, Stats lost to a superlative Sydney Sixers outfit in the finals by 19 runs.

The Stars reached the semi-finals in each of the first four seasons of the BBL but never made it past that. In 2015-16, they reached the finals but lost out to Sydney Thunder. Another semi-final finish followed post which they finished 8th in 2017/18, triggering several changes that eventually saw them get to back-to-back finals.

Melbourne Stars Fixtures

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11 Dec 2020, Manuka Oval, Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
4-129
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
125
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12 Dec 2020, Manuka Oval, Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
8-169
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
9-147
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16 Dec 2020, University of Tasmania Stadium, Big Bash League 10
Perth Scorchers
Perth Scorchers
6-158
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
1-10
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26 Dec 2020, Metricon Stadium, Big Bash League 10
Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers
9-194
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
5-193
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29 Dec 2020, Manuka Oval, Big Bash League 10
Sydney Thunder
Sydney Thunder
7-219
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
144
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02 Jan 2021, Blundstone Arena, Big Bash League 10
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
5-164
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
9-143
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04 Jan 2021, Blundstone Arena, Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
6-183
Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes
6-173
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07 Jan 2021, Metricon Stadium, Big Bash League 10
Brisbane Heat
Brisbane Heat
3-115
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
5-111
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11 Jan 2021, Adelaide Oval, Big Bash League 10
Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers
5-150
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
7-149
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15 Jan 2021, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Big Bash League 10
Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Stars
2-179
Adelaide Strikers
Adelaide Strikers
68

The Melbourne Stars fixture for the 2020/21 edition of the Big Bash League will have them playing in as many as 9 venues across Australia with the big home games coming in the latter half of the season. The issue with having the home matches later in the season is that they will have to start the year with some tough away fixtures. The Stars play their first game on December 11 – the Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat fixture. They go on to play the Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder fixture the very next day. The Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers games are at the UTAS and Metricon Stadium respectively.

Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes happen twice in two days after New Year, both at the Blundstone Arena. They also play the Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers twice in a week at the Adelaide Oval and MCG respectively. The Melbourne derby, the Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades happen on 17 January and 20 January at the Marvel Stadium and MCG respectively. They play the Scorchers in the Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers game on 23 January.. 

Their major home games come in January with the Strikers being first visitors. They also play the Renegades and Scorchers at home before they finish their league games with the match against the Sixers at home on 26th January.

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 Sydney Sixers 11 8 3 0 0 0.554 32
2 Perth Scorchers 11 6 4 0 1 0.974 24
3 Melbourne Stars 12 5 6 0 1 0.24 24
4 Sydney Thunder 11 6 5 0 0 0.919 23
5 Hobart Hurricanes 11 6 5 0 0 -0.117 23
6 Brisbane Heat 11 5 6 0 0 -0.126 21
7 Adelaide Strikers 11 5 6 0 0 -0.205 20
8 Melbourne Renegades 12 3 9 0 0 -1.964 13

Melbourne Stars Team

Despite having some incredible talent at their disposal, it is shocking that the Stars haven’t yet won the title and this time around, they would eyeing a redemption to that wretched trophy drought. The men in green play their home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Stars get their players from the Victoria Cricket team, and have groomed several local talent over the years but the resources are shared with the other franchise from Melbourne, the Melbourne Renegades.

The derby between the two franchises from Melbourne is one of the most anticipated matches every season in the Big Bash League. In fact, the record for the biggest crowd at a BBL game came in a clash between these sides in the fifth edition of the league at the MCG.

The Melbourne Stars team has had some outstanding Australia players at their disposal. But their most reliable and one of their longest serving players is the national team all-rounder, Marcus Stoinis. The Stars have had some incredible players in their ranks in the last decade, but Stoinis and now Glenn Maxwell could cut it as their biggest players.

Nic Maddinson and Peter Handscomb have had their time at the franchise but the latter has been released ahead of this season. Some of the illustrious Australian players who also captained the Stars are Cameron White, Shane Warne, James Faulkner, Brad Hodge and John Hastings.

They have also boasted of excellent coaching staff with David Hussey leading them to the finals in his first ever season as head coach. The Stars have had terrific international talent at their disposal before. Lasith Malinga, Mohammad Hafeez, Kevin Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo, Dale Steyn and Luke Wright were all once part of the franchise.

The current setup has some incredible overseas talent in Nicholas Pooran, Andre Fletcher and Zahir Khan. They also made a queer signing with Pakistan domestic pacer, Dilbar Hussain. 

The Stars have a strong squad this time around despite the likes of Handscomb, Haris Rauf, Sandeep Lamichhane and Daniel Worrall leaving. Highly rated youngster, Will Pucovski and Billy Stanlake are the major local signings.

The Stars are a strong batting side and have strengthened that aspect yet again this year with the addition of Nicholas Pooran. Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright, Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin make for a decent batting line-up.

The bowling is more of a worry this time with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake not having too many reliable pace back-ups. Adam Zampa will return after the India series and should bolster the squad.

Melbourne Stars Players

The Melbourne Stars have some outstanding players up their sleeves for the coming edition of the Big Bash League in 2020/21. Here we look at some of the names in the Melbourne Stars squad that could play a major role for them in the season.

Nicholas Pooran – The West Indian wicket-keeper batsman is rated one of the most talented batsmen in world cricket at the moment and proved as much in the Indian Premier League season that recently concluded. Batting at no.3 or no.4 for Kings XI Punjab, Pooran was destructive to say the least against some high qualt bowling.

The left-hander will be a mighty asset to the Stars line-up and will aid Maxwell with whom he had paired up at Punjab too. Pooran can be a handful in taking down leg-spinners in the middle overs and is a terrific striker of the ball. The left-hander is a big addition to the Melbourne Stars roster for the season.

Glenn Maxwell – He had a forgettable IPL, but the Australia all-rounder has returned to form with aplomb in the recent limited-overs series against India, making quite an impact with his big hitting. Maxwell can be a destructive force down the order in the middle and death overs with his striking.

The Australian all-rounder is also a handy part-timer and has been chipping in with overs inside the powerplay too, something the Stars would try as well. Maxwell’s x-factor remains and he is a key player for them yet again this season. Maxwell will be the biggest name in the Melbourne Stars squad this season again.

Marcus Stoinis – For a while at Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, it seemed like Marcus Stoinis was becoming a powerful finisher who could seal games against pace bowlers. While that could still be the case, Stoinis is even more dangerous up the order inside the powerplay as the Stars discovered and it is here that the all-rounder could bat again this season.

With Pooran and Maxwell handling the death overs, Stoinis will be the powerplay aggressor in the Melbourne Stars roster, a role he enjoys playing in.

Leading Runs Scorer
  • Marcus Stoinis – 550 at 55
  • Nick Larkin – 297 at 42.43
  • Glenn Maxwell – 270 at 38.57

Top Run Scorers in 2020 T20 Matches

Leading Wicket Taker
  • Adam Zampa – 14 at 16.21
  • Haris Rauf – 13 at 16.92
  • Sandeep Lamichhane – 12 at 21.08

Top Wicket Takers in 2020 T20 Matches

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