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The Melbourne Stars are one of the eight clubs that compete each year in the Big Bash League – Australia’s premier domestic T20 competition. The Stars are one of two teams based in Melbourne, and play their home games at the MCG.
In BBL|08 the Stars rebounded strongly from their horror campaign the season prior, sneaking into the finals in fourth place and stunning the Hurricanes to book a grand final spot. Their unfathomable collapse of 7/19 in the championship match was seen as a motivating factor to go one better in BBL|09.
The blockbuster signing of South African superstar Dale Steyn generated an exciting start, with the returns of Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb, after international duty enough to see the MCG-based side finish atop the BBL ladder. Unfortunately, their finals curse struck again, losing to the Sydney Sixers at home in the Qualifier.
While they were able to knock off the Sydney Thunder and set up a re-match with the Sixers in the final, they lost their second decider in as many seasons.
Coach: David Hussey
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
International players: Dale Steyn (South Africa), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Pat Brown (England – international replacement)
2019-20 finish: 2nd (1st before finals)
Melbourne Stars squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Jonny Bairstow (England), Hilton Cartwright, Jackson Coleman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Nicholas Pooran (West Indies) Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa