2018-19 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes taking place? Monday, 14th January - 08:15 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes taking place? Melbourne Cricket Ground

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes? Temperatures should drop to around 24-26c after reaching a high of 37c earlier in the day.

What channel is Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes? http://www.melbournestars.com.au/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Melbourne Stars W6, Hobart Hurricanes W3
Last meeting: Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Stars by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STARS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: Nic Maddinson

  • The Stars have lost their last two matches to the Scorchers and Strikers, so they know they have to bounce back quickly to get back in contention for the top four places, but they face a side that has already beaten them in BBL08.

  • The bowling performance last time out was somewhat mixed as the Strikers hit 178 against them batting first as Liam Plunkett took 4/36 which will give him confidence but Dwayne Bravo was hit for 51 from his 4 overs and he still needs to find some consistency.

  • They continue to be without their key internationals as Stoinis, Maxwell, Zampa and Handscombe are missing once again so they need Larkin, Maddinson and Gotch to contribute more as their middle order is clearly their weak point right now.

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Adam Griffith

Captain: Matthew Wade

  • The Hurricanes remain top of the BBL08 ladder despite playing fewer matches than any other team and they resume action after suffering their first defeat last time out against the Melbourne Renegades and that match was one week ago so they should be well rested.

  • They are afforded the luxury of being able to name the same squad once again as D’Arcy Short was not called into the Australian ODI squad and they have arguably the most settled team in the tournament.

  • George Bailey will play his 50th match in the Big Bash League here and that along with the fact they were beaten for the first time against the Renegades, should serve as another motivation for them to win this game.

THE PREDICTION

It seems virtually impossible to like the Stars without their host of international players at the moment. They have lost their last two matches, and the squad is really light on quality without Maxwell, Stoinis, Handscombe and Zampa, while the players they do have like Maddinson are short off playing time and form. That does not bode well when facing the Hurricanes who have been the best team in the tournament so far. They will be keen to bounce back from their first loss last time out and should manage to get back to winning ways in Melbourne.