It’s been an exciting winter for Stars fans, who would have been eagerly awaiting the next squad of homegrown talent and overseas superstars (no pun intended) to grace the turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground in BBL|06…only to see a carbon copy of last season.
You wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that the Stars website forgot to update their player lists; but it’s not an administrative mistake, the Melbourne Stars are lining up the same squad for this seasons’ Big Bash League.
The men in green start BBL|06 with a bye so we’ll have to wait till Round 2 to see the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Glenn Maxwell in action.
For a full analysis of the Stars fixture click here.
And to see the Melbourne Stars Predicted XI for BBL|06 click here.
PLAYERS TO LOCK 🔒
Kevin PIETERSEN [BAT] $72,200
The brash talking Englishmen is being hailed as a must-have selection again for BBL|06 and for very good reason. KP may ‘talk the talk’ but he still most certainly can ‘walk the walk’ with his explosive batting often backing up his off-field antics. Currently plying his trade for the dolphins in South Africa’s T20 Challenge, Pietersen has scored 108 from his first three innings including 79 off 58 deliveries against the Cape Cobras only yesterday. He will most likely bat at No.3 for the stars and at $72,200, is definitely a ‘must-have’.
Adam ZAMPA [BOWL] $70,200
Australia’s next big thing in terms of spin bowling, Zampa comes into the Big Bash League following a decent run in the Sheffield Shield as well as Australia’s ODI outfit and will be looking to continue his good output for the Stars in the BBL. In BBL|05 Zampa took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.07; very good output for a leg spinner getting targeted by opposition batsmen. With his best figures being 2/15, Zampa takes wickets regularly and consistently snagging one or two every game.
PLAYERS TO LOOK AT 👁
John HASTINGS [BAT/BOWL] $82,200
No matter what stage the game is in, one thing for sure is that this man will give 110% for your fantasy sides. The workhorse John Hastings will be disappointed after being left out of the Aussie ODI side to tackle the Black Caps despite being the leading ODI wicket taker in 2016. Fired up from being left out, Hastings will be keen to impress in the Big Bash with his economical bowling and lower order hitting forming a vital part of the Stars lineup. His relatively high price tag is the only thing stopping him from being a lock in our fantasy sides.
James FAULKNER [BAT/BOWL] $52,900
“The Finisher” endured a disappointing BBL|05 tournament leading to a lower price tag this time around. Another talented all-rounder left out of the Aussie ODI outfit, Faulkner will be eager to find form in the BBL. Should he get back to his best, both with his deceptive bowling varieties and lower order hitting, his price won’t stay around 50K for too long.
Sam HARPER [WKP] $20,000
In the wake of Peter Handscomb’s call up to the Australian test side, young Sam Harper has emerged as a possible keeper to fill our bench spot. Judging from Handscomb’s debut, he looks to be a great find for the selectors and will probably retain his spot throughout the summer. Harper currently keeps for the Victorian Bushrangers and if selected over out-of-favour Tom Triffitt, could be an excellent selection on our bench.
PLAYERS TO LEAVE 🚷
Daniel WORRALL [BOWL] $95,600
South Australian Worrall was one of the surprise packets of BBL|05, taking seven wickets in four matches and having an excellent finals campaign. Unfortunately, this spark of form has translated into an extremely high price which you should definitely stay away from. To put it into perspective, Worrall is priced higher than Scorchers all-rounder David Willey, last season’s leading wicket taker Clint McKay and returning speedster James Pattinson among others who are all better selections providing better value.
Luke WRIGHT [BAT/BOWL] $59,600
One of three men to have scored a BBL century, Luke Wright has provided some amazing highlights over past seasons, but age and poor form is starting to catch up with the Englishman. He hardly bowls his medium pace anymore and in his past ten innings for English side Sussex, has only passed 50 once, and has a miserly average of 19.1 runs per innings. Pass.