Nic Maddinson is in line to make his Melbourne Stars debut after recovering from a fractured arm suffered in early December during a JLT Sheffield Shield match, while young Victorian duo Jonathan Merlo and Tom O'Connell have also been named.
Merlo played in the Stars' New Years Day Derby win over the Renegades, while O'Connell (Stars development rookie) has been approved by the W/BBL Technical Committee to replace Adam Zampa in the squad who along with Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis is with the Australian ODI squad and unavailable for selection in the Stars' next three matches.
O'Connell debuted for Victoria during the 2018 JLT One-Day Cup where the right-arm leg spinner claimed eight wickets in four matches, including best figures of 3-56.<
Nick Larkin has also been approved by the W/BBL Technical Committee to replace Handscomb in the squad having originally been an injury replacement player for Nic Maddinson.
The Stars will announce a new captain at 3:45pm today at a media opportunity at the MCG before aiming for a fourth consecutive win when they face the Perth Scorchers tomorrow.
BBL MATCH DETAILS
Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers
Wednesday 9 January @ 7:15pm AEDT
Broadcast: Seven, Fox Cricket
Stars BBL squad v Scorchers