The Big Bash League (BBL) 2018 season started in the right earnest with an excellent match between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers. The season now moves to the Manuka Oval as Sydney Thunder get ready to start their season with a match against the Melbourne Stars. Both sides have high expectations after a busy summer revamp and that raises the stakes in this fixture!
Sydney Thunder Preview
The excitement around the Thunder camp is the signing of England Test captain Joe Root. With his ability to construct innings, whatever is the format, Root becomes vital to Thunder’s season this year. Another exciting name is the youngster Jason Sangha, who is fresh from his Under-19 exploits and a Sheffield Shield century.
Losing Usman Khawaja and Pat Cummins to national duty is a concern, but the likes of Shane Watson, Arjun Nair, Buttler and Root are ready to make up for the gap. With Nair cleared to bowl this season, there is increased ammunition to the Thunder camp!
Sydney Thunder Predicted XI: 1 Jos Buttler (WK) 2 Shane Watson 3 Callum Ferguson 4 Joe Root 5 Jason Sangha 6 Daniel Sams 7 Arjun Nair 8 Chris Green 9 Gurinder Sandhu 10 Sam Rainbird 11 Fawad Ahmed
Melbourne Stars Preview
There is a lot of pre-season interest in the Stars camp around the arrival of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Captain Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Bravo make a great axis of T20 entertainment that should keep the Stars’ fans happy.
However, ahead of this match, the Stars are struggling with injuries as three key players are out of contention due to various injury concerns. Even Peter Handscomb is out of contention, as he continues on his national duty.
Melbourne Stars Predicted XI: 1 Ben Dunk (WK) 2 Travis Dean 3 Glenn Maxwell 4 Marcus Stoinis 5 Evan Gulbis 6 Dwayne Bravo 7 Nick Larkin 8 Adam Zampa 9 Scott Boland 10 Sandeep Lamichhane 11 Jackson Bird
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shane Watson is not just the captain for Thunder, he remains one of their destructive players. Remember the century he scored in the IPL final? With 331 runs @ 139.07 SR last season, Watson remains a strong pick for your fantasy side.
Jos Buttler is probably one of the most complete T20 players of this generation. With an ability to hit the long ball, his presence in your side is almost a must. Think of the 202 runs he scored at a SR of 143.26 last season!
Dwayne Bravo has a lot to prove, after swapping the Renegades for the Stars in the summer. With 18 wickets, he was the joint-highest wicket-taker in BBL07 and will once again be vital with his cutters.
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