For a team that has reached the semi-finals four times in four attempts, the Melbourne Stars will be unhappy at not having made the final even once. Can this latest Melbourne Stars squad pull it off for them this time?
What the Stars did have this time is the presence of Michael Clarke, the Aussie captain in Tests and till not so long ago, the skipper in ODIs too.
With Australia having lost the Ashes 3-2 to England, Clarke announced his retirement from international cricket and it seemed like he would be fully available for the Melbourne Stars for this edition of the Big Bash League. However, he has pulled out of the BBL05. Clarke won’t be playing this BBL.
As a result of this, David Hussey has been named the captain while James Faulkner who signed a four-year long contract with the Stars, will deputise with him for the 2015-16 season.
Making the side stronger is the signing of two Englishmen. In Kevin Pietersen they have a batsman who well knows his time as an international cricketer is all but over and Luke Wright has it in him to turn matches in their favour with his batting alone.
And then there’s a rich local talent which will undoubtedly assist the side no end in the games they do play. Glenn Maxwell is one such name, who will want to shrug off his poor IPL and get going this BBL season. And he has the capability to do that as well, as was on display during the World Cup.
David Hussey and Rob Quiney lend experience to the team, while there’s Ben Hilfenhaus and John Hastings leading the pace attack for now. They could be looking to bring in one or two other quick bowling options, to go with them.
As far as the spinners are concerned, Michael Beer has joined the Stars, while Adam Zampa will look to provide him with the support needed. As and when the rest of the Stars gets updated, we will add the players below.
Here’s the latest Melbourne Stars squad for BBL05:
David Hussey (captain)
James Faulkner (vice-captain)
Michael Clarke (withdrawn from BBL05)
Kevin Pietersen (overseas player)
Luke Wright (overseas player)
Coach: Stephen Fleming