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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Turner

GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 20 Preview: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 20 Preview: The Melbourne Stars take on the Melbourne Renegades in the 23rd match of BBL13 in Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

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

Round Preview

Predicted Teams

Melbourne Stars: 1. Tom Rogers, 2. Dan Lawrence, 3. Beau Webster, 4. Glenn Maxwell, 5.  Marcus Stoinis, 6. Hilton Cartwright, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Sam Harper, 9. Joel Paris, 10. Corey Rocchiccioli, 11. Mark Steketee

Melbourne Renegades: 1. Joe Clarke, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. Jake Fraser-McGurk, 4. Aaron Finch / Shaun Marsh, 5. Jono Wells, 6. Mackenzie Harvey, 7. Will Sutherland, 8. Tom Rogers, 9. Kane Richardson, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Peter Siddle


Start Vs Sit

Batters - Aaron Finch vs Shaun Marsh

It really depends on who starts out of these two players as I don't think they will both be starting. The decision will be who to start if they are both named in the Renegades starting XI. I would start both of them if this happens and Tom Rogers would drop out of the GDS starting XI.

Start: Whoever starts out of Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh

Game 4 Preview

All-Rounder - Marcus Stoinis vs Hilton Cartwright

Stoinis had a match winning innings against the Strikers and scored 55 runs off 19 balls. Cartwright has been having a good season with the bat and is averaging 31 points in GDS. Cartwright averages four more points than Stoinis and has out scored him in four of the five matches. Both players are risky options but I prefer Stoinis for this match as he bats higher up the order and offers some additional upside through bowling.

Start: Marcus Stoinis

Bowler - Joel Paris vs Adam Zampa

Both bowlers have been under performing in a fantasy sense. Due to limited bowler options to select from based on the predicted teams for this match, it's between these two for the third bowler spot in the GDS starting XI. Paris is averaging 27 points and Zampa is averaging 23 points. Even though Paris averages more, I'm leaning towards Zampa. The MCG was Zampa's home ground when he was at the Stars and he had a lot of success here in BBL12. He averaged 32 points in BBL12, away from the MCG he averaged 20 points and at the MCG he averaged 48 points. This is quite a significant difference and because of this I have Zampa ranked ahead of Paris in this match.

Start: Adam Zampa


Matchup Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Opening batsmen score well against the Stars

  2. Middle order batsmen score well against the Stars

  3. Pace bowlers score well against the Stars

Ground Matrix

Key Takeaways:

  1. Spin bowlers can have success

  2. Middle order batsmen tend to struggle

  3. Bowlers tend to score more points when bowling in the second innings


Hot Take

The out of form Quinton de Kock will have a match winning performance and score 65+ runs.


Who to play in your GDS starting XI

  1. BAT - Tom Rogers

  2. BAT - Jake Fraser-McGurk

  3. BAT - Aaron Finch / Shaun Marsh

  4. ALL - Beau Webster

  5. ALL - Glenn Maxwell

  6. ALL - Will Sutherland

  7. ALL - Marcus Stoinis

  8. WK - Quinton de Kock

  9. BWL - Tom Rogers

  10. BWL - Kane Richardson

  11. BWL - Adam Zampa


Game 4 Preview


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