The Melbourne Stars are the Big Bash League‘s glamour club.
Responsible for the game’s biggest attendance records as a proud tenant at the mighty MCG, the Stars come with a big reputation but have yet to turn their regular finals appearances into tangible success.
We’ll look at the Stars’ odds, their squad, the BBL fixture list and the best betting markets in our full team preview.
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|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
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Melbourne Stars fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Friday, December 20||Metricon Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Sunday, December 22||Ted Summerton Reserve||2:45pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, December 27||Metricon Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, December 30||UTAS Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Thursday, January 2||Sydney Showgrounds||3:40pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Saturday, January 4||MCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 8||MCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Friday, January 10||Marvel Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Sunday, January 12||MCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, January 15||Perth Stadium||9:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, January 18||MCG||3:40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Monday, January 20||SCG||6:40pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Wednesday, January 22||Adelaide Oval||7:10pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, January 25||MCG||7:10pm AEDT|
Melbourne Stars futures betting
The Stars came agonisingly close to the title last season, so it no surprise to see them hold the second line of BBL outright betting at $5 with Sportsbet.com.au.
For more outright markets and futures bets, see our dedicated Big Bash odds page.
Tips for betting on the Melbourne Stars
There is a reason the Melbourne Stars have missed the finals only once – they’re always packed with talent.
While odds are not yet released on leading run-scorers and wicket-takers for the season ahead, we’ve outlined the players to watch and the ones to avoid when laying down your hard-earned.
Most wickets betting:
Melbourne’s bowling lineup has changed significantly in the past two years and now looks better than ever. Nathan Coulter-Nile is an excellent addition, while Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichanne was a revelation last season. But all eyes are on South African speedster Dale Steyn, who is fit and firing ahead of his first BBL campaign.
Most runs betting:
International callups have often left the Stars short on manpower at the heady end of the season, but Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis look set to see out the campaign after missing out on selection for Australia’s upcoming tour of India. Nic Maddinson is another capped batter who will feature prominently.
Melbourne Stars all-time XI
The Melbourne Stars have had some of the game’s biggest names don their colours, creating huge blockbuster appeal for the BBL since the inception of the competition. This is the all-time Stars XI based on BBL performances:
1. Luke Wright
2. Marcus Stoinis
3. Brad Hodge
4. Kevin Pietersen
5. Glenn Maxwell
6. Cameron White
7. Peter Handscomb
8. James Faulkner
9. John Hastings
10. Lasith Malinga
11. Shane Warne (c)
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