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Just as it did last season, the Big Melbourne Derby kicks off the third edition of the T20 Big Bash League, with the Stars and Renegades facing off at the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground this monring.
In last summer’s opener, all eyes were supposed to be on the long list of quality names on the Stars team sheet, but Renegades’ captain, Aaron Finch, ignored all that to start the tournament in spectacular fashion and clubbed a 65-ball unbeaten 111 to steer the Renegades to an eight wicket victory.
This year, the Stars still boast an impressive list of names, even if the great Shane Keith Warne has finally retired his flipper.
No less than twelve of the 18 players in the Stars squad have some degree of International experience.
As always, that will matter little to the Renegades, who will once again be relishing the opportunity to rain on their big brother’s parade.
Of course, they might consider themselves to the big brother in the Big Melbourne Derby, and bragging rights are certainly on the line again.
Stars: Cameron White (C), Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Alex Keath, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Clive Rose, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Luke Wright
Renegades: Aaron Finch (C), Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Jake Haberfield, Jayde Herrick, Muthiah Muralidaran, Peter Nevill, Aaron O’Brien, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Rohrer, Will Sheridan