The Melbourne Stars will host the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG for the Double-Header Melbourne Derby.
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The WBBL sides will open the double-header at 2.20pm, with the BBL match following at 7.10pm. Both Stars teams are coming off losses respectively and will be hoping for positive performances in the battle of Melbourne.
After a 0-3 start to the season, including losses to the Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers, the Melbourne Stars are desperate for their first win of the Summer.
The green team will be hoping to claim the must-win clash, and what better way to break the drought than against cross-town rivals in front of an estimated crowd of 60,000 at the MCG.
The Stars can find confidence in their 8-3 advantage against the Renegades, having won seven of their last eight matches. They are no strangers to slow BBL starts- however, the Renegades are currently in fiery form and have won three out of four of their BBL|07 games.
13-player Squad: John Hastings (c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa
Players to watch
A massive in for the Stars is batsman Peter Handscomb. The Victorian has been released from national duties and will return to face the Renegades. Also joining him in the 13-man squad are left-arm paceman Jackson Coleman and batsman Seb Gotch.
Marcus Stoinis is currently the highest run-scorer for the Stars and is having a positive start to 2018 with 116 runs and four wickets. James Faulkner has also been impressive with 102 runs and two wickets.
The Melbourne Star’s WBBL team will be looking for their second win of 2018 after falling to the Adelaide Strikers by 22 runs the day before. The Stars currently sit on one win for the WBBL|03 season and are seventh on the ladder.
In their second Melbourne game for the season, the Stars will be hoping to avoid another disappointing loss against a top-four hungry Renegades side.
15-player Squad: Kristen Beams (c), Makinley Blows, Hayleigh Brennan, Mignon du Preez, Georgia Elwiss, Nicole Faltum, Emma Kearney, Alana King, Anna Lanning, Lizelle Lee, Katie Mack, Erin Osborne, Chloe Rafferty, Annabel Sutherland, Gemma Triscari
Players to watch
Hard-hitting South African opener Lizelle Lee has been exciting to watch with the bat and will be planning to take full advantage of one of the flattest pitches in the country. Anna Lanning and Mignon du Preez have also been in positive form.