BBL|07 Preview: Melbourne Stars

BATSMEN

Premium
Glenn Maxwell – $93,800

The Big Show has been in superb form since his axing from the Aussie Test side and is the leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield with 590 runs at an average of 74. He should bat at No.4 for the Stars and bowl some handy overs through the middle of the innings. Lock him in for the first half of the season.

Mid-Priced
Kevin Pietersen – $62,800
KP is heavily discounted heading in to what will likely be his last BBL campaign. Pietersen has been playing plenty of T20 cricket around the globe heading into this season and most importantly is in good form. Pietersen will bat at No.3 again for the Stars and will have plenty of chances to score points for his Fantasy owners. Terrific value at this price.

Rookie
Peter Handscomb – $33,300
Although Cricket Australia announced they won’t make Handscomb available during the MCG and SCG Tests he should be a nice downgrade option at the back-end of the season. When the ODIs begin he’ll slot in at No.4 in the Stars order and get back to making runs and making cash for his owners.

WICKET-KEEPER

Ben Dunk – $105,700
Dunk had an incredible BBL|06 where he led the run-scoring charts with 364 at an impressive strike rate of 163; resulting in a hefty price tag for BBL|07. But with Dunk you know what you are getting and he’s worthy of selection at this price; although I’d wait until he is a bit cheaper.

BOWLERS

*The Stars have no premium-priced bowlers, so I will instead discuss two mid-priced bowlers

Mid-Priced
James Faulkner – $62,000
Faulkner had a disappointing BBL|06 only managing to bag 1 wicket and contribute 46 runs for the Stars from his 4 matches. He’ll be hoping to get back to his best this season and vault himself back into Australian colours. Given his history he is very hard to ignore at this price.

Mid-Priced
John Hastings – $65,000
The Duke missed last season’s BBL due to a series of injuries which have forced him to retire from First-Class and One-Day cricket. The Stars all-time leading wicket-taker has a discounted price because of this. Hastings is also a great lower-order bat with a strike rate of 157 in domestic T20’s. Definitely worth a thought at $65K.

Rookie
Jackson Coleman – $20,000
Left-arm quick, Jackson Coleman could be a handy bench option later in the tournament when international duty strikes the Stars lineup. At only $20K he is bound to make cash if he can break into the Stars XI.


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