Date & Time: Monday, December 30, 13:40 IST
Venue: Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Australia.
Hurricanes seek to give it back at home
In only the second reverse fixture of the season, Hobart Hurricanes host the Melbourne Stars on Monday. When both the sides met in the past week, the Stars capitalized on the depleted Hurricanes batting unit. But now they won’t have the advantage of the same with the side showing promise with the return of crucial players. Both these sides have played three games apiece and won two so far in the season. Having said, that the Hurricanes have a decent batting unit than the past week the contest once again likely depends on how they handle the stars bowling which seems to be performing better than their star-studded batting lineup.
Both sides are likely to stick with the playing XI of their last match.
Hobart Hurricanes possible XI
D Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott(w/c), David Miller, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Melbourne Stars possible XI
Nic Maddinson, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb(w), Glenn Maxwell(c), Ben Dunk, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Daniel Worrall, Dale Steyn, Sandeep Lamichhane
There hasn’t been much cricket played at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston. In only 3 games played here the average score batting first has been around 160. Spinners have got more success then pacers here.
The million-dollar man is in great form in the format. He has not proved his mettle with the bat but also been effective with the ball. He has a PPM of 77 and an MDTA of 1 in the tour. There is every chance that he will continue the same given the inconsistency of his teammates and his good form of late.
The Hurricanes skipper is a must-have in any given fantasy team in today’s match. He is in phenomenal form of late in the format across the leagues. In the first 3 games, he showed how destructive he can be with the bat. But his ability skill with the ball is yet to come to the fire in the tour, once he gets that right he will be unstoppable.
The Stars all-rounder may not have bowled in the tour, but with the bat, he has come good at the top of the order. His PPM of 57 in the tour and his good record against the Hurricanes bowlers makes him a must-have in today’s match.
He is the most consistent bowler for Hurricanes in the tour. He has chipped in with at least wicket in the 3 matches played which includes two 3-wicket haul’s in the last two games. His ability to bowl at the crucial phases of a match makes a worthy pick in today’s match.