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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.
After a stunning fall from grace the previous season, most experts thought the Stars failed to rectify any of the issues that saw them finish at the bottom of the ladder.
Instead, the Stars rebounded strongly from their horror campaign, sneaking into the finals in fourth place and stunning the Hurricanes to book a grand final spot. They looked a shoo-in during their run chase in the decider against the Renegades, but an unfathomable collapse of 7/19 saw them miss out on the championship.
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Captain: Glenn Maxwell
International players: Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Matt Parkinson (England)
2017-18 finish: 2nd (4th before finals)
Melbourne Stars squad
Glenn Maxwell (c), Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Nic Maddinson, Jonathan Merlo, Matt Parkinson (England), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa