All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W2, Melbourne Stars W6
Last meeting: Melbourne Stars beat Hobart Hurricanes by 3 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Adam Griffith
Captain: Matthew Wade
Hobart Hurricanes showed they mean business once again in the Big Bash as they got off to a winning start against Brisbane Heat in their opening match as they hit 159/6 and the proceeded to bowl the Heat out for 144 with 8 balls remaining.
They have been dealt a further blow however as the injury to fast bowler Tymal Mills has proved worse than initially thought and the Englishman will miss the entire Big Bash so they will have to do with him for this campaign.
They have named an unchanged 13-man squad for this match and there is every chance that they name the same eleven for this match as they aim to produce another strong all-round performance with bat and ball as already their key men in Jofra Archer and D’Arcy Short are looking in good form.
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
After a miserable BBL07 campaign, the Stars got their BBL08 tournament off to a losing start as the target of 90 in 8 overs in their rain-affected opener against Sydney Thunder proved too much for them so they will be desperate to get a win under their belts and settle into the season.
They conceded the highest total to the Thunder in the tournament so far of 181/5 so they will know their bowling must improve and they have brought Jackson Bird into the squad for Lance Morris and he has a chance of coming into the side for Michael Beer who proved expensive going for 44 off his 4 overs.
None of the batsmen other than Larkin were able to score anything vaguely respectable in that match but the reduced overs match did not help them, so they will look to benefit from a full match here where their batsmen can play their natural game and play themselves in a little more and they really need Ben Dunk to start well at the top of the innings.
THE PREDICTION The Stars have an excellent head-to-head record against the Hurricanes but they did not show a great deal in their opening match to suggest that this will not be another disappointing campaign to follow last season’s poor record. The Hurricanes looked strong in their opening match as they were impressive with both bat and ball. They just look to be the more reliable and consistent of the two teams, and the pressure really is on the Stars even at this early stage. They need their all-rounders to click into gear and skipper Maxwell especially to win a game for them. Barring any miracles from Maxwell, Dunk or Stoinis, this could be another tough match for the Stars.