Stars opening batsman, Stoinis, has had an incredible tournament to date, compiling 612 runs at an average of 55.64 across 15 matches. He also hit a spectacular 147 not out against the Sydney Sixers on January 12 at the MCG, which is officially the highest ever all-time BBL score.
Our Skipper, Glenn Maxwell, has led from the front beautifully this season, with his captaincy a highlight throughout pivotal moments of the tournament. He has been recognised for his leadership by being been named Captain in the team of the tournament.
Maxwell has hit 389 runs at an average of 43.22 this season, with a top score of 83 against the Renegades in the away Derby at Marvel Stadium on January 8. Maxwell has been the ultimate all-rounder of the competition, taking the ball in the powerplay on many occasions, keeping the run rate low and taking important wickets too. Maxwell has taken eight wickets at an economy rate of 6.79 so far this campaign.
Pakistan sensation Haris Rauf is arguably the story of the tournament, after being signed as a replacement player for Dale Steyn before BBL|09 started, due to an injury that forced a delayed start for the South African. Having been plucked from Tasmanian Premier Cricket, it would be remiss to expect the performances that he’s shown throughout the competition.
Rauf, in his eight matches, has collected 17 wickets at an average of 12.59 and a healthy economy of 6.94. Rauf made the MCG roar on January 8 against the Sydney Thunder when he was the first male Melbourne Star player to take a hat-trick.
His spectacular rise was recognized further when he was selected for his maiden International series for Pakistan against Bangladesh recently. He went on to make his debut and featured in two of the three matches played in the T20I series, taking two wickets. He's now a player who’s made his mark and has a bright future.
Everyone at the Melbourne Stars is extremely proud of Marcus, Glenn and Haris for their remarkable performances in this tournament to date and look forward to this Thursday night’s match against the Sydney Thunder at the MCG.
Full Team: Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell ©, Jon Wells, Mitchell Marsh, Tom Curran, Rashid Khan, Daniel Sams, Peter Siddle, Haris Rauf.