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Big Bash: Melbourne Stars profile

Melbourne Stars have yet to win a Big Bash League title and it is shaping up to be another tough campaign for the men in green.

For a franchise that has been blessed with some of the best players to play T20 cricket, it is a huge surprise that they have yet to be crowned champions.

Things have got so bad, the Stars have not even made finals in each of the last three BBL seasons, and they are the hot fancies at 4.20 to finish bottom this year.

But with players like Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis on the roster, there is always hoping heading into BBL13.

Big Bash League history

The Melbourne Stars were always in the mix for the Big Bash League title during the opening six editions but came up short on each occasion.

They were losing finalists on five of those occasions, while in 2015/16 they lost by three wickets to the Sydney Thunder in the final.

There was more final heartbreak in 2018/19 and 2019/20 when they lost to Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers respectively.

The latter would have been particularly hard to take as they finished the regular season at the top of the ladder.

It has been downhill from there for the Stars, who have finished seventh, sixth and eighth in the last last three seasons.

The Stars will look to start climbing the ladder this season, but it could be a tall order.

Brook blow for Stars

The Stars chances of bouncing back in BBL13 have already suffered a big blow with the news that England star Harry Brook is no longer available.

Not only is it a blow for the Stars, but also the BBL in general, to lose a player of Brook’s quality.

Brook had been second pick for the Stars in the overseas draft and was due to play in seven BBL fixtures before Test commitments with England.

However Brook has now been added to England’s T20I and ODI squads which means the workload is too much for him.

The Stars will now look to sign a replacement and are currently weighing up their options.

Stars strengthen bowling attack

The Stars have a new-look bowling attack with Australia A fast bowler Mark Steketee arriving at the franchise following 10 seasons with Brisbane Heat.

Steketee has been a consistent wicket-taker throughout his BBL career and the Stars believe he will shine, particularly at the MCG.

He joins fellow new signings Scott Boland, who has signed a three-year deal, and Joel Parish, who arrives from Perth Scorchers.

Another big deal for the Stars sees wicketkeeper/batsman Sam Harper arrives from Melbourne Renegades, with Adam Zampa moving the other way.

Melbourne Stars fixtures

Melbourne Stars will begin their BBL campaign with a trip to take on Brisbane Heat on 7th December.

That match will be followed by two home games against Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder, before trips to Sydney Sixers, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers wrap up December.

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