Big Bash

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars Big Bash Tips: Are Stars on the rise?

Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell has a poor top-bat record

Ed Hawkins previews the contest from Hobart on Thursday with Stars aiming for rare back-to-back wins


Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars
Thursday 28 December, 08.15
TV: Live on Sky Sports

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars team news

Hurricanes have a full squad to choose from. They arrested their 0-2 start last time out against Renegades. The emergence of Nikhil Chaudhary as an all-rounder of note is a boost.

Probable XI: Wade, Jewell, Wright, Hain, David, Anderson, Chaudhary, Jordan, Ellis, Dooley, Meredith

Stars have Haris Rauf and Usama Mir available for the final time this season. Imad Wasim is their only overseas player once those two go with Liam Dawson and Olly Stone stint over. Nathan Coulter-Nile is available.

Probable XI: Rogers, Harper, Webster, Maxwell, Stoinis, Cartwright, Imad, Merlo, Usama, Paris, Rauf

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars pitch report

More than 160 has been busted ten times in the last 19 T20 matches at the Blundtsone Arena so a high 20-over par line to short at 166.5 may be of interest. Ten have been won by the side batting first. Renegades failed to defend 183 last time out.

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars match odds

Hobart are 1.814/5 favourites with Stars 2.206/5. It's another contest where there is little to choose between the two. Seasoned Bash bettors will certainly be wary about getting with the hosts at odds-on.

Stars are an interesting outfit having won their first game in four. They stunned Sixers with a strong performance. Could this be the start of something? Or a false dawn with key men just about to depart?

At the least they have the ability to trade as favourites here. Showers should clear in time for a full game.

Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars player bets

It's worth noting that Glenn Maxwell has one win his last 17 in franchise cricket in 2023 so Sportsbook's boosted 3/14.00 about top Stars bat has little appeal. A bigger muber which catches the eye is the 22/123.00 about Imad. For Hurricanes, Choudhary is a fancy at 19/120.00.

Back Imad Wasim top Stars bat @ 22/123.00

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2023: +78.25
2022:+16.79
2021: +29.41pts
2020: +5.91pts
2019: +37.25pts
2018: +23.53pts
2017: +12pts
2016: +18.1pts
2015: +38pts
2014: +31.5pts
2013: +25pt

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