Wednesday’s Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for the Melbourne Stars’ MCG showdown with the battling Perth Scorchers.
History: Played 12: Stars 6 V Scorchers 6
Last meeting: December 26, 2017: Scorchers d Stars by 13 runs at WACA
Final Thoughts: The situation is starting to get desperate for the Perth Scorchers. But a win over the third-placed Melbourne Stars could get their wobbling BBL08 campaign back on the rails.
The 1-5 Scorchers – perennial Big Bash League heavyweights – are on a three-game losing streak. After their heart-breaking one-run loss to the Thunder, they were disappointing all-round in a five-wicket home defeat to the Heat.
Ashton Turner’s recent form has been a silver lining in a string of subpar collective batting efforts, however. The Australian T20 international has top-scored with 60* and 47 in Perth’s last two games.
After a dusty start, the 3-2 Stars have won three in a row to stride up the Big Bash standings.
Batting second, the Stars have powered to comfortable wins over the Sixers, Renegades and Thunder with plenty of balls and wickets up their sleeve.
International all-rounders Marcus Stonis and Glenn Maxwell have come into their own, but both will be missing on ODI duty, as will Adam Zampa and Peter Handscomb. Similarly, Mitch Marsh, and pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson are unavailable for the Scorchers.
The Scorchers have won their last two against the Stars. Hilton Cartwright (58 off 53) and Andrew Tye (5/23) starred in Perth’s 13-run win at home last season, blunting a superb all-round display from Melbourne’s James Faulkner (2/19 and 35*).
But the Stars have won the last three between the sides at the MCG.
The ODI series looks set to have more of a disruptive impact on the Stars than the Scorchers, whose superior depth makes them an attractive proposition in this must-win match-up.