Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers Big Bash Betting on Thursday 19 January, 2012 at MCG at 7.00pm.
Game 1 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with six balls remaining) at MCG (17/12)
Game 2 – defeated Brisbane Heat by eight runs at ‘Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Sydney Sixers by two runs at SCG (27/12)
Game 4 – lost to Perth Scorchers by eight runs at MCG (4/1)
Game 5 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs (under D/L method) at MCG (7/1)
Game 6 – defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 19 runs at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
v Adelaide Strikers at MCG (19/1)
Game 1 – defeated Melbourne Renegades by 67 runs at Adelaide Oval (18/12)
Game 2 – lost to Sydney Thunder by six wickets (with nine balls remaining) at ANZ Stadium (23/12)
Game 3 – lost to Hobart Hurricanes by 14 runs at Adelaide Oval (28/12)
Game 4 – defeated Brisbane Heat by 31 runs at ‘Gabba (3/1)
Game 5 – lost to Perth Scorchers by 42 runs at WACA (8/1)
Game 6 – lost to Sydney Sixers by 64 runs at Adelaide Oval (10/1)
v Melbourne Stars at MCG (19/1)
Has there ever been a bigger name in world cricket than Shane Keith Warne? Probably not. He may be 42, but Warne is looking fitter than ever and is in reasonable form after six straight games with the Stars. The legendary leg-spinner has taken a wicket in each of his past five games to leave him on seven wickets for the competition. But Warne’s biggest attribute has simply been the respect he’s demanded, therefore batsmen are playing him with plenty of respect and he’s not going for many runs. However the blonde bombshell is due for a big bag and Thursday night could be his night against the struggling Strikers at his beloved MCG.
When Adelaide fans found out their international import was a guy by the name of Alfonso Thomas, you could almost hear the collective ‘who’s that?’ around the city. So who is Alfonso Thomas then? He’s 34-years-old and an outstanding T20 fast bowler. Thomas is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in domestic T20 history, claiming 137 wickets from 118 matches at an impressive average of 20.78. It’s amazing to think he has only played one T20 international for South Africa. Thomas was one of the rare highlights in the Strikers’ big loss to the Sixers last round, claiming 3-24 from his four overs. Hopefully, for his team’s sake, he can repeat the dose against the Stars at the MCG.
1. Rob Quiney
2. Luke Wright
3. George Bailey
4. David Hussey
5. Cameron White (C)
6. Matthew Wade (WK)
7. James Faulkner
8. Chris Simpson/Peter Handscomb
9. Clint McKay
10. Shane Warne
11. Jackson Bird
1. Daniel Harris
2. Michael Klinger (C)
3. Aiden Blizzard/Callum Ferguson
4. Tom Cooper
5. Cameron Borgas
6. Adam Crosthwaite (WK)
7. Aaron O’Brien
8. Brendan Drew
9. Daniel Salpietro
10. Kane Richardson
11. Alfonso Thomas
The final regular fixture match of the Big Bash League will have plenty of baring on how the semi-finals will shape up on the weekend.
Melbourne is finally playing the level of T20 cricket we all expected them to play. The Stars have won their past two matches against the Renegades and the Hurricanes respectively and a few players have looked in ominous form. None more so than Luke Wright.
The English all-rounder was moved up to open the batting with Rob Quiney against the Hurricanes – and he didn’t disappoint. Wright played the innings of the tournament, smashing 117 runs off only 60 balls. He hit eight fours, a whopping nine sixes and shared a 172-run opening partnership with Quiney to guide the Stars to 3-203 off their 20 overs. The Stars bowlers then restricted the Hurricanes to 9-184.
What the heck has happened to the Adelaide Strikers? After starting the tournament in such promising form, the Strikers have lost four of their past five games.
The wheels have really come off in their past two losses, going down by 42 and 64 runs to the Scorchers and Sixers respectively. They haven’t had a balanced side for a while and the lack of team chemistry is apparent.
Only one spot separates these two teams on the BBL ladder, but there’s a mountain of class in between. The Stars currently sit in fourth spot and will know that four other teams could replace them if they don’t win this game.
With Wright and Quiney in good form, as well as Cameron White and Warne due for big games in front of their home crowd, expect the Stars to do this easily.
Melbourne Stars to win ($1.72 – Sportsbet)
Rob Quiney Stars High Bat ($3.75 – Sportsbet)