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GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 12 Preview: Double Header!

GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 12 Preview: The Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Thunder in the 12th match of BBL13 in Albury at the Lavington Sports Ground and the Hobart Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Renegades in the 13th match of BBL13 in Hobart at Blundstone Arena on Saturday the 23rd of December.

Here's everything you need to know ....

Game Preview

Predicted Teams

Game 1

Melbourne Stars: 1. Tom Rogers, 2. Sam Harper, 3. Beau Webster, 4. Glenn Maxwell, 5.  Marcus Stoinis, 6. Hilton Cartwright, 7. Nick Larkin, 8. Liam Dawson, 9. Usama Mir, 10. Joel Paris, 11. Haris Rauf

Sydney Thunder: 1. Cameron Bancroft, 2. Alex Hales, 3. Matt Gilkes, 4. Oliver Davies, 5. Alex Ross, 6. Daniel Sams, 7. Nathan McAndrew, 8. Chris Green, 9. Liam Hatcher, 10. Zaman Khan, 11. Tanveer Sangha Game 2

Hobart Hurricanes: 1. Caleb Jewell, 2. Matthew Wade, 3. Ben McDermott, 4. Sam Hain, 5. Tim David, 6. Corey Anderson, 7. Mitchell Owen, 8. Chris Jordan, 9. Patrick Dooley, 10. Nathan Ellis, 11. Riley Meredith

Melbourne Renegades: 1. Joe Clarke, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. Jake Fraser-McGurk, 4. Nic Maddinson, 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Jono Wells, 7. Will Sutherland, 8. Tom Rogers, 9. Kane Richardson, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Mujeeb ur Rahman


Start Vs Sit !

Batters - Alex Hales vs Caleb Jewell

Two powerful opening batsman who can easily win a game off their own bat, Alex Hales and Caleb Jewell both come up for selection in round 12 which is sure to send headaches to all coaches selecting teams. Jewell has the upper hand on the better innings between the two scoring 42 runs off just 24 balls in the Hurricanes outing against the Sydney Sixers, but it just feels like Hales is a bullet in a gun ready to fire! Hales will face a fairly stout Stars bowling line up but the historical upside of Hales is just to much to pass up between the two in round 12.

Start: Alex Hales

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All-Rounder - Daniel Sams vs Corey Anderson

Sams has been struggling to find form with the ball and has only taken one wicket so far in BBL13. Anderson scored 72 against the Sixers but only managed 9 points against a very good Scorchers team. One of the reasons why Anderson scored well against the Sixers is because the Hurricanes were down a bowler due to Meredith getting injured during the match. Due to this, Anderson was given more opportunity with the ball. Against the Scorchers, Anderson only bowled the one over and I think this is what we are likely to see moving forward. It's only a matter of time before Sams is in the runs and picks up a couple of wickets in the same match. It might just be against an out of form Stars team.

Start: Daniel Sams

Bowler - Tom Rogers vs Nathan Ellis

Battle of the quicks! Tom Rogers of the Renegades against the Hurricanes captain Nathan Ellis. Major upside for both players can be argued however, Rogers gets the nod for me purely because of his batting prowess. We saw in the Renegades vs Heat clash, Rogers came in 8 and he went onto to flog 20 runs off just 14 balls! If your bowlers can add a handful of points to their score with the bat, you have an automatic advantage!

Start: Tom Rogers


Game 1

Matchup Matrix

Round Score

Key Takeaways:

  1. Middle order batsmen have struggled against the Thunder's bowling unit

  2. Both pace and spin bowlers for the Stars haven't had much success

  3. The Thunder have allowed to most runs to opening batters

Ground Matrix

Round preview

Key Takeaways:

  1. Middle order batsmen can have a lot of success here

  2. Avoid lower order batsmen

  3. Pace bowlers have a lot more success here than spin bowlers do

Game 2

Matchup Matrix

Round preview

Key Takeaways:

  1. Middle and lower order batsman perform well against the Hurricanes

  2. Lower order batsman perform well against the Renegades

  3. Pace bowlers have more success against the Hurricanes than spin bowlers

Ground Matrix

Round preview

Key Takeaways:

  1. Opening batsmen in the first innings struggle here

  2. This is a bowler friendly ground

  3. It may be better to start bowlers who bowl in the second innings


Hot Take

Stoinis to raise his bat for a half century and take two wickets.


Who to play in your GDS starting XI

  1. BAT - Alex Hales

  2. BAT - Jake Fraser-McGurk

  3. BAT - Oliver Davies

  4. ALL - Marcus Stoinis

  5. ALL - Will Sutherland

  6. ALL - Beau Webster

  7. ALL - Daniel Sams

  8. WK - Cameron Bancroft

  9. BWL - Patrick Dooley

  10. BWL - Zaman Khan

  11. BWL - Tom Rogers


Game 4 Preview


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