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Hastings says Border Bash a crucial clash

18 November 2017

New Melbourne Stars captain John Hastings said the upcoming Border Bash against the Sydney Thunder in Albury-Wodonga shaped as a vital part of the team’s preparations ahead of the KFC Big Bash League.

Tickets are on sale now at www.borderbash.com.au.

Hastings was joined by his former Stars, Victorian and Australian teammate Clint McKay to promote the clash, which will be played at Lavington Sportsground on December 12.

Having recently announced his retirement from State cricket, the burly all-rounder said the Border Bash was a crucial match.

”Obviously not playing too much red ball cricket of late I’ll need a good hit-out before the tournament starts proper,” Hastings said.

“From a team and squad perspective, we need to get our mix right, balance and structure up the way we want to attack this season.

“To get us up in that country environment where people just love cricket - especially up in Albury – I think is going to be fantastic for us. To get that buzz around the group again, enjoy being together and play in front of a really good and enthusiastic crowd will be great.

“The players feed off the energy and the atmosphere and hopefully we can put on a really good show.”

Hastings said the match was also a chance for fans to see boom recruit Ben Dunk in Stars colours for the first time.

“We’re really excited to have him on board, I think he’s going to be crucial for us at the top of the order,” he said.

“Dunky can absolutely whack it out of the park so people are going to have to have their eyes peeled and hopefully take a few crowd catches!”

The left-hander has launched 56 balls over the fence in his 77-game T20 career and boasts a career strike rate of more than 130.

Sydney Thunder veteran McKay said his friendship with Hastings would well and truly be parked when the two lock horns.

“I know ‘Hasto’ is one of my best mates – we’ve played a lot of cricket together and a few times against each other as well – but they’re often fiery battles because you can’t wait to get one up on them and let them know your team finished on top,” McKay said.

“They might be your mates off the field but as soon as you walk over that line, you’re there to win a game of cricket for your team.”

Border Bash

December 12, 2017 at Lavington Sportsground

2:00 pm - Rebel WBBL – Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

6:30 pm - KFC BBL Practice Match – Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder

For tickets, go to www.borderbash.com.au