Melbourne Stars are a Melbourne, Australia-based professional T20 franchise that competes in the Big Bash League (BBL) since its start from 2011-12. They use Melbourne Cricket Ground (the MCG) as their home ground with a capacity of over 100,000. Along with MCG, they occasionally use Metricon Stadium and Junction Oval, Moe as secondary home grounds.

They have finished runners-up thrice, and semi-finalists five times, but have yet to touch the silverware. They came close to winning the title in the 2018-19 season only to lose to their city-based rivals Melbourne Renegades by 13 runs. Apart from qualifying for the playoffs seven times of the 10 seasons, they have also received a ‘wooden spoon’ for finishing last in the 2017-18 BBL season.

Melbourne Stars have qualified for playoffs 7 out of the first 10 seasons but are yet to win the BBL title.

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Melbourne Stars have played 111 BBL matches so far, second-most by any team below Perth Scorchers. In 111, the Stars have tasted victory 57 times. With a 52.27% winning rate, they are the fourth most successful franchise in the BBL. After finishing runners-up in the 8th and the 9th season of the BBL, Melbourne stars ended up being seventh in the last season. They won 5 out of 14 games in the BBL|10 and are currently on a three-game losing streak.

The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been leading the team since 2018-19. He has a winning rate of 61.76%. Former Australian international David Hussey has been in the coaching shoes since 2019. The Maxwell led team would like to break the knockouts hoodoo to get their hand on the championship for the first time in BBL|11.

Melbourne Stars Fixtures

Melbourne Stars are set to travel to Sydney to play their first match of the BBL|11 season against the Sydney Sixers. It will be a tough start for the Melbourne Stars as they have lost their last five games against the Sixers including the final of BBL|9. Overall, the Stars have just a 44% win rate against Sixers with 7 wins and 9 losses in 16 games.

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Melbourne Stars will then play home and away matches against Sydney Thunder. The Stars will be looking forward to playing against the Thunder with whom they have the best track record in recent games. Melbourne Stars have 5 victories in the last 6 games against the Sydney Thunder. Overall, they have a 53% win rate against the Thunder.

The Stars will then host the Sydney Sixers before going to play back-to-back away games against Hobart Hurricanes, Brisbane Heat, and Perth Scorchers. Out of these, they have the best record against Hobart Hurricanes with 67% wins while the worst is against Brisbane Heat with just 36% wins.

On the second eve of 2022, they will host Perth Scorchers at home against whom they have a 57.14% winning rate at home. The fixtures in 2022 will be easier for Melbourne Stars as they will be playing six out of seven games in Melbourne.

The fixtures in 2022 are easier for the Melbourne Stars as they play 6 of the 7 games at home.

Cricket Betting

The Melbourne Stars will play the derby games against the Melbourne Renegades on 3rd and 13th Jan. Among all the teams in BBL, Stars have the best record against their city rivals. Out of 20 games played between these two, Melbourne Stars have a win percentage of 70% with 14 wins and 6 losses.

The Melbourne Stars have the best win rate against another Melbourne franchise – the Renegades – with 70% wins.

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In recent years, they have overpowered their rivals thrice in the last four games. Overall, Melbourne Stars have a better track record against the Renegades, Hurricanes and Thunder to some extent. Their recent emergence under the captaincy of Glenn Maxwell is one inch short of their first BBL trophy. Will this be the season for the Stars to finally touch the BBL trophy?

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 Sydney Sixers 14 9 5 0 0 0.257 36
2 Perth Scorchers 14 8 5 0 1 0.851 32
3 Sydney Thunder 14 8 6 0 0 0.949 31
4 Brisbane Heat 14 7 7 0 0 -0.286 29
5 Adelaide Strikers 14 7 7 0 0 0.105 28
6 Hobart Hurricanes 14 7 7 0 0 -0.187 28
7 Melbourne Stars 14 5 8 0 1 0.14 24
8 Melbourne Renegades 14 4 10 0 0 -1.727 16

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.

Melbourne Stars WBBL

Melbourne Stars Women is the women’s BBL Franchise from Melbourne competing in the Women’s Big Bash League WBBL since 2015-16. After finishing in the bottom half for the first five seasons, the Melbourne Stars Women finished runners-up in the last WBBL. In the final, they lost to Sydney Thunder Women by 7 wickets while defending 87 runs.

Australian International Meg Lanning who has been a part of the franchise since the start finished the top run-scorer in the first two seasons with more than 500 runs. Melbourne Stars Women have a 42.68% winning record in WBBL.

Meg Lanning will continue leading the team for her fourth season with Jarred Loughman as the head coach in pursuit of their first BBL title.

Anna LanningAllrounder
Annabel SutherlandAllrounder
Erin OsborneAllrounder
Georgia GallAllrounder
Kim GarthAllrounder
Sophie DayAllrounder
Elyse VillaniBatter
Lucy CrippsBatter
Maia BouchierBatter
Meg Lanning*Batter
Linsey SmithBowler
Rhys MckennaBowler
Tess FlintoffBowler
Maddy DarkeWicketkeeper
Nicole FaltumWicketkeeper
Leading Runs Scorer
  • Marcus Stoinis – 396 at 33.00
  • Glenn Maxwell – 379 at 31.58
  • Nicholas Larkin – 276 at 39.42

Most runs (and average) in the last BBL season from the Melbourne Stars squad.

Leading Wicket Taker
  • Adam Zampa – 19 at 7.35
  • Billy Stanlake – 13 at 8.34
  • Liam Hatcher – 13 at 8.88

Most wickets (and economy) in the last BBL season from the Melbourne Stars squad.

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