The Melbourne Stars have been one of the most consistent teams over the course of the T20 Big Bash League, and that looks set to continue this summer.
Despite losing some of their known performers in recent years in Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane and last year’s emerging star Haris Rauf, the Stars still have a formidable lineup at their disposal.
We’ll take a look into the chances of the Melbourne Stars and some of their BBL betting odds for BBL10.
Melbourne Stars BBL09 result
Led by the dynamic performance of Marcus Stoinis throughout the season, the Stars found themselves in the BBL09 final in a match was in danger of being abandoned due to a torrential downpour.
The game went ahead, but the boys in green seemingly stayed in Melbourne as the Sydney Sixers ran rampant to leave the Stars once again ruing what might have been.
Marcus Stoinis led all comers with the bat, posting 705 runs from his 17 matches at a tick over 54. Glenn Maxwell was his usual explosive self, but it was the emergence of Nick Larkin at no.3 that would have stood out for Stars fans throughout the back end of the year.
With the ball in hand, it was Haris Rauf and Adam Zampa who did the damage. Rauf won’t be back for BBL10, so the Stars will need to find some other wicket-taking options this season.
Melbourne Stars BBL10 squad
With the departure of Peter Handscomb and Sandeep Lamichhane to the Hobart Hurricanes, Daniel Worrall to the Strikers and Haris Rauf away on international duties, the Stars have lost some key pillars from a team that dominated last season.
However, the Stars seem to have brought in just as much talent as they’ve lost. Billy Stanlake fills out the pace attack and Zahir Khan adds another spin option, while the West Indian duo of Andre Fletcher and Nicholas Pooran will add plenty of firepower to the batting lineup.
Melbourne Stars squad: Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Andre Fletcher (WI), Seb Gotch, Lewis Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Dilbar Hussain (PAK), Zahir Khan (AFG), Nick Larkin, Nic Maddison, Glenn Maxwell, Jono Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (WI), Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.
Melbourne Stars fixture
|Brisbane Heat||Friday, December 11||Manuka Oval||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, December 12||Manuka Oval||4:05pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, December 16||UTAS Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, December 26||Metricon Stadium||8:20pm AEST|
|Sydney Thunder||Tuesday, December 29/strong>||Manuka Oval||7:15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Saturday, January 2||Blundstone Arena||5:05pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 4||Blundstone Arena||4:05pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 7||Metricon Stadium||8:20pm AEST|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, January 11||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Friday, January 15||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Sunday, January 17||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Wednesday, January 20||Marvel Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Saturday, January 23||MCG||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, January 26||MCG||7:50pm AEDT|
Melbourne Stars BBL10 betting odds
BBL outright winner
Despite losing some crucial cogs from last season, the Melbourne Stars are the clear pre-tournament favourites in the BBL10 outright betting at Sportsbet.com.au.
They have plenty of firepower in their batting lineup with the likes of Stoinis, Fletcher, Maxwell, Cartwright and Pooran, while Seb Gotch and Nathan Coulter-Nile are more than handy in the lower order.
If the bowlers can back up what the batsmen can offer, then the $4.33 may seem like a touch of overs when the whips are cracking towards the business end of the season.
|Team||BBL outright winner odds|
|Melbourne Stars||+333||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Sixers||+400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Adelaide Strikers||+500||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Perth Scorchers||+550||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Brisbane Heat||+600||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Hobart Hurricanes||+700||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Melbourne Renegades||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Sydney Thunder||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Melbourne Stars top tournament batsman
It is impossible to ignore the record-breaking seasons Marcus Stoinis has put together in consecutive campaigns at the Melbourne Stars.
However, this looks like the year Glenn Maxwell takes the competition by the scruff of the neck. If he brings his international form back to the Big Bash, then good luck stopping him.
|Player||Top tournament runscorer odds|
|Marcus Stoinis||-188.68||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Glenn Maxwell||+400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Andre Fletcher||+550||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Nicholas Pooran||+900||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Nic Maddinson||+1000||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Hilton Cartwright||+1300||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Will Pucovski||+1300||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Ben Dunk||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
Melbourne Stars top tournament bowler
After such a stunning BBL09 and a strong year of international cricket, it’s hard to go past the $2.70 on offer for Adam Zampa to be the Stars’ top wicket-taker in BBL10.
He was the joint-top wicket-taker in BBL09 for the Stars when claiming 20 scalps at 16.20 with a strike rate of 13.5 and best figures of 3/21. As with Maxwell, the form he’s shown in Australia’s recent clashes with India suggests he will be a massive weapon for the Stars this season.
|Player||Top tournament wicket-taker odds|
|Adam Zampa||+170||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Zahir Khan||+260||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Nathan Coulter-Nile||+350||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Billy Stanlake||+350||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Dilbair Hussain||+400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Marcus Stoinis||+1400||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Clint Hinchliffe||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|
|Glen Maxwell||+2200||Best Odds @ Sportsbet|