Big Bash League preview: Melbourne Stars team guide
The Melbourne Stars are approaching the new BBL|10 with high hopes of bouncing back after last season's big loss in the final.
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Last season was a fruitful one for the Melbourne Stars. They finished first in the regular season standings and made it all the way to the final, losing to the Sydney Sixers.
As expected, the team is hopeful that this will be its year and some fresh blood might be enough to give them the boost required to conquer the BBL. They also boast plenty of star power, including national team standouts Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa.
Live stream BBL|10 on Kayo: 14-day free trial
In the off-season, the Melbourne Stars signed England star Jonny Bairstow and West Indian power hitter Nicholas Pooran. They also brought in towering quick Billy Stanlake from the Adelaide Strikers, in a swap deal involving fellow seamer Daniel Worrall.
How to watch Melbourne Stars BBL matches
Cricket fans can watch Melbourne Stars matches live and free. While some games are on Channel 7, only Kayo Sports and Foxtel have all matches live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. We have a comprehensive guide on how to watch the BBL.
Live stream BBL via Kayo Sports
You can follow the Stars closely with Kayo Sports, which offers extensive cricket coverage. A Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you watch on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams and will set you back $35/month. Either way, a 14-day free trial is available for new customers.
Besides a generous content library, Kayo Sports also offers a wide range of exciting features that make sports streaming a breeze. For instance, you can watch up to four videos at once on the same screen with SplitView. Read our full Kayo Sports review for more information.
Watch Melbourne Stars on Foxtel
To watch Melbourne Stars matches live on TV with Foxtel you will need the Sports HD pack, which is available on top of the basic Foxtel Plus. A subscription will also get you the iQ4, the telco's advanced set-top box that lets you record live TV and enjoy content in crisp 4K quality. You can also stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, available free with your subscription.
Alternatively, you can follow Melbourne Stars with Foxtel Now, as long as you have the Sport channel pack. It costs $29/month on top of the base Essentials channel pack, which is $25/month. New users get a 10-day free trial. You can access Foxtel Now via laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app, as well as on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4, Samsung TVs (2018 model or later) and the Foxtel Now box.
Melbourne Stars schedule
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Friday, 11 December 2020||Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat||Manuka Oval||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 12 December 2020||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder||Manuka Oval||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2020||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars||University of Tasmania Stadium||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 26 December 2020||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars||Metricon Stadium||8:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tuesday, 29 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars||Manuka Oval||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Thursday, 2 January 2020||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars||TBC||5:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tuesday, 5 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes||TBC||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Thursday, 7 January 2021||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars||TBC||9:20 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Monday, 11 January 2021||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Friday, 15 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sunday, 17 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 23 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers||TBC||7:50 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Melbourne Stars squad
Besides Dan Worrall, Peter Handscomb has also left the Stars. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|10 season:
|Nicholas Pooran||25||Trinidad and Tobago||Wicketkeepers|
|Nathan Coulter-Nile||33||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Jackson Coleman||28||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Liam Hatcher||24||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Lance Morris||22||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Billy Stanlake||26||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Tom O'Connell||20||Australia||Spin bowlers|
|Zahir Khan||21||Afganistan||Spin bowlers|
|Adam Zampa||28||Australia||Spin bowlers|
Melbourne Stars history
One of the only two teams to have never won the BBL, along with Hobart, the Melbourne Stars play their home matches at the MCG, which also happens to be the largest cricket stadium in the world.
The Stars have had plenty of shots at a breakthrough title, finishing runners-up in BBL|08, BBL|05 and BBL|09. They also finished the regular season first during BBL|03 and BBL|09, while their worst season was BBL|07, when they came last.
Being based in the same city, they have a well-known rivalry against Melbourne Renegades, with the Melbourne Derby gathering impressive crowds every time.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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