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Big Bash League preview: Melbourne Stars team guide

The Melbourne Stars are approaching the new BBL|09 with high hopes of bouncing back after last season's big loss in the final.

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Melbourne Stars

Last season was a fruitful one for the Melbourne Stars. They finished fourth on regular season standings with seven wins and seven losses then made it to the final, but lost to city rivals, the Melbourne Renegades. As expected, the team are hopeful that this will be their year and some fresh blood might be enough to give them the boost required to conquer the BBL.

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In the off-season, the Melbourne Stars signed South African superstar Dale Steyn, but he will only be available for the first six matches. However, he might be able to give the Stars an edge at the start of their BBL|09 campaign. There's also a new head coach in former captain David Hussey, who signed a two-year deal, succeeding Stephen Fleming.

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 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.

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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

The Melbourne Stars start the new BBL season facing off against Brisbane Heat on Friday 20 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09, be sure to read the full Big Bash schedule too:

Date Match Venue Time (AEDT) Where to watch
Fri, 20 Dec Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars Metricon Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Sun, 22 Dec Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes TBC 2:45 PM Kayo Sports
Fri, 27 Dec Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers Metricon Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Mon, 30 Dec Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars University of Tasmania Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Thu, 2 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Sydney Showground Stadium 3:40 PM Kayo Sports
Sat, 4 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Wed, 8 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Fri, 10 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Sun, 12 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Wed, 15 Jan Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars Optus Stadium 9:10 PM Kayo Sports
Sat, 18 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers MCG 3:40 PM Kayo Sports
Mon, 20 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars SCG 6:40 PM Kayo Sports
Wed, 22 Jan Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars Adelaide Oval 7:10 PM Kayo Sports
Sat, 25 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports

Melbourne Stars squad

Besides signing Dale Steyn, the Stars also brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile, Hilton Cartwright and Clint Hinchliffe from the Scorchers. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bravo retired and Glenn Maxwell will be back to lead the team following a mental health break. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank
` 31 251 Allrounder 5
Pat Brown 23 40 Bowler >100
Hilton Cartwright 27 41 Allrounder >100
Jackson Coleman 27 9 Bowler >100
Nathan Coulter-Nile 32 108 Allrounder >100
Ben Dunk 32 116 Wicketkeeper >100
Seb Gotch 26 19 Batter >100
Peter Handscomb 28 72 Wicketkeeper >100
Clint Hinchliffe 23 3 Allrounder >100
Sandeep Lamichhane 19 61 Bowler >100
Nick Larkin 20 9 Batter >100
Nic Maddison 27 100 Batter >100
Jonathan Merlo 21 4 Allrounder >100
Lance Morris 21 0 Bowler >100
Tom O'Connell 19 4 Bowler >100
Dale Steyn 36 209 Bowler >100
Marcus Stoinis 30 97 Allrounder >100
Daniel Worrall 28 19 Bowler >100
Adam Zampa 27 132 Bowler >100

Melbourne Stars history

One of the only two teams to have never won the BBL, the Melbourne Stars play their home matches at the MCG, which also happens to be the largest cricket stadium in the world.

The Stars were runners-up in BBL|08 and BBL|05. They finished the regular season first during BBL|03 and 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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