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Melbourne Stars have a clear upper hand over the Hurricanes when it comes to head-to-head records. They have beaten Hurricanes on ten occasions, while the boys in purple have got the better of the Stars half as many times. Besides statistics, the current run of form is also inclined in the Stars’ favor, which makes them the favorites for this match.
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Hobart Hurricanes: Matthew Wade (c & wk), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Peter Handscomb/Harry Brook, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Jordan Thompson, Riley Meredith/Wil Parker, Sandeep Lamichhane
Melbourne Stars: Marcus Stoinis, Peter Nevill/Joe Clarke (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Andre Russell, Hilton Cartwright, Beau Webster, Sam Rainbird/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch
Hobart Hurricanes have a pretty strange record in the Big Bash League. They are one of the two teams yet to get their hands on title, but are also among the two teams to have never received the ‘wooden spoon award,’ that is, finished a season at the last place.
The Tassie boys are having one such isolated campaign this time around as well, where they are neither troubling the league leaders nor the basement boys. Having lost their first match against Sydney Sixers, Matthew Wade’s team did well to emerge triumphantly in their second outing against the same team, but they are coming into this match on the back of consecutive defeats against Perth Scorchers.
Melbourne Stars have had a comparatively better campaign so far, but their two victories have not proven to be enough to hand them a top four place. Currently occupying fifth place, Glenn Maxwell’s boys have won their two outings against Sydney Thunder but were handed two defeats by the other Sydney franchise – the Sixers.
English youngster Harry Brook was signed by Hobart Hurricanes for his scintillating performances in the county circuit, but he has not been able to replicate that form on Australian soil yet. The Yorkshire lad could score only a total of three runs in his last two matches against Perth Scorchers.
Brook is likely to make way for Peter Handscomb in this match, while the Hurricanes management could also tweak their bowling unit. Wil Parker failed to pick up wickets in his last match and could be replaced by Riley Meredith.
Like their opposition, Melbourne Stars could also bench their English acquisition in Joe Clarke. Having scored only 14 runs from four matches, the wicketkeeper-batter might have to make room for Peter Nevill. The two-time runners up can also replace Nathan Coulter-Nile with Sam Rainbird after the former’s unimpressive display against the Sixers.
D’Arcy Short: D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade have been the only decent batters from the Hobart Hurricanes side, who have crossed the 150-run mark only once this season. The former is currently topping the run-scoring charts for his team, having scored 138 runs in four matches, which includes a sublime knock of unbeaten 73 runs against Sydney Sixers.
Glenn Maxwell: For the Stars, Glenn Maxwell has been the standout performer with the bat. He has scored 163 runs in four innings and is the only player from his team to have an average of over 35. The 33-year-old is also among the three centurions of BBL 2021/22, having played an incredible knock of 103 runs against Sydney Sixers.
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|Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, Match 19 – Information|
|Teams||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars|
|Location||Bellerive Oval, Hobart|
|Time||Friday, 24th December, 10 AM IST/4:30 AM GMT|
|How to watch||Sony Six, Sony Ten, Sony LIV, SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA and Canada), Fox Cricket (Australia), BT Sport (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (Middle East)|
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