Team Preview: Melbourne Stars in WBBL 2019 – Fixtures, Squad, Key Players

Melbourne Stars:

The only team in Women’s Big Bash League who has not qualified to finals till now. Compared to the previous seasons, there is a good couple of changes which have made the team stronger and well balanced.

Melbourne Stars WBBL 2019
Melbourne Stars WBBL 2019. Pic Credits

Team news :

The biggest positive for Stars will be the signing of Elyse Villani. The star t20 batter of Australia will be playing for stars after a good time with Perth Scorchers. Not only she will be joining the squad and also will be taking the leadership duties.

Melbourne Stars have made their batting strong by adding Emma Inglis to the squad, who is also a fine hitter of the cricket ball. She has played her previous season with Renegades. The other domestic players like Erin Osborne and Alana king will add a lot of depth to the batting.

Overseas International – The Stars have some serious overseas batters in the form of Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, and Katey Martin. All three are tailor-made for t20, especially Du Preez is in great touch and players like Lee can win you the matches single-handedly.

Coming to the bowling attack, Stars are more of a spin attack, which is lead by Erin Osborne and Kirsten Beams followed by Alana king. Annabel Sutherland and Holly Ferling will be looking after the fast bowling department.

On the whole, compared to the previous seasons, Stars look a much better side and they will be definitely eyeing for Championship this year.

Captain: Elyse Villani
Coach: David Hemp

Full Squad :

Kristen Beams, Lucy Cripps, Mignon du Preez (SA), Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock, Emma Inglis, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (SA), Katey Martin (NZ), Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani (Aus)(c)

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WBBL Performance:

2015 – 5th
2016 – 5th
2017 – 7th
2018 – 7th

Fixtures :

October 19 v Hurricanes, Junction Oval (2 pm)

October 20 v Hurricanes, Junction Oval (2 pm)

October 26 v Sixers, Hurstville Oval (2 pm)

October 27 v Thunder, Bankstown Oval (2 pm)

November 2 v Scorchers, WACA (3.55 pm)

November 3 v Stars, WACA (11.10 am)

November 10 v Strikers, Karen Rolton Oval 1.40 pm)

November 13 v Heat, Junction Oval (2 pm)

November 16 v Strikers, Centennial Park, Nuriootpa (2 pm)

November 20 v Scorchers, Junction Oval (2 pm)

November 23 v Renegades, Eastern Oval, Ballarat (2 pm)

November 27 v Thunder, Manuka Oval (2.30 pm)

November 30 v Renegades, Junction Oval (10.40 am)

December 1 v Heat, Junction Oval (3 pm)

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