Always the bridesmaid, the Melbourne Stars have featured in three finals and are still yet to claim their maiden Big Bash League title. That means only them and the Hobart Hurricanes are yet to go all the way in BBL, and that’s despite the Stars finishing the regular season in 1st place on two occasions.
Can they finally break their duck with the ‘big show’ Glenn Maxwell leading them in the 2021/22 season? Let’s take a close look!
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Melbourne Stars season preview
For much of their existence, the Stars have ‘yoyoed’ up and down the ladder. For the 2019/20 campaign, they finished the regular season on top before finishing seventh in the standings the year after. It’s a tale that’s become all too familiar for a side that has previously been the home of cricketing royalty such as Shane Warne.
Joe Burns is their big-name signing for the upcoming season and the fans seem to be content with this decision. Whilst Burns is known for possessing an orthodox technique more aligned with the longer forms of cricket, his work in the T20 arena is highly regarded. He’s won titles in the past with the Brisbane Heat, and his strong T20 form domestically has been rewarded with lucrative stints abroad.
The rest of the squad is largely intact from last season, and if they’re looking for a tilt at the title, the Stars need to improve significantly. Marcus Stoinis looms as the man likely to haul them up the ladder. He was a shining light in an otherwise gloomy run last year. Stoinis set the record for the highest ever score in the Big Bash League in January 2020, smashing 147 off 79 balls.
‘The Big Show’ Glenn Maxwell, at one time regarded as the world’s best T20 player, will captain the Stars. One of the most naturally gifted players to play the game, he is also joined by a swag of other big names, including wunderkind Will Pucovski, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Billy Stanlake and spinners Zahir Khan and Adam Zampa, amongst others. The line-up is very strong and promises great competition and close results.
Melbourne Stars fixtures
Here you can find out what time Melbourne Stars games start, along with the sports streaming providers showing live BBL.
|Sixers vs Stars||Sun, Dec 5||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Stars vs Thunder||Fri, Dec 10||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo/ Seven|
|Thunder vs Stars||Sun, Dec 12||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo/ Seven|
|Stars vs Sixers||Wed, Dec 15||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Hurricanes vs Stars||Fri, Dec 24||3.30pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
How to watch Melbourne Stars live
If you enjoy live BBL action, then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every BBL game from every round Live in HD including the finals. Select games across the season will also be available on Free to Air with Channel Seven at your fingertips at any time.
Stream Melbourne Stars with Kayo Sports
You can watch the Melbourne Stars with Kayo Sports, which offers a 14-day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same BBL broadcasts as Fox Cricket, so you can stream all Heat games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. You can catch all the best games in 2021 at any time.
For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after the play has concluded. Other Kayo features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, No Spoilers, and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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Watch Melbourne Stars with Foxtel
Fox Cricket is accessible via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. However, this is an excellent place for cricket fanatics to catch up on their favourite matches and all the upcoming ones in 2021.
You also have the option to watch the Melbourne Stars online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10-day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream BBL games using the Foxtel Go app so you can watch from home. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month), which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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Stream Melbourne Stars cricket games with Telstra
Telstra customers can get great deals for watching the Stars or even Thunder, Heat or the Sixers on both Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. With the Telstra Kayo Offer, you can get a $10 per month reduction on Basic ($15/month) and Premium ($25/month) plans. The Foxtel Now Telstra offer gives you the first month for free, meaning you will only need to pay for the sports pack ($29) on top. Both of these options come as part of a 12-month contract.
Cheapest way to watch sport on Kayo this season
The best offer for Kayo is on Telstra this season. As a Telstra customer, get $10 off per month your Kayo subscription (so that’s just $15/month)! Claim this before 31 May 2022.
Watch Melbourne Stars on Channel 7
Selected cricket games across the BBL season are available to watch on free to air via Seven and their streaming platform, 7Plus. It is a great option if you are a neutral fan, but not ideal if you want to watch every Stars game from every round.
Melbourne Stars games to watch this season
With a constant cast of ‘big names’ in their history, the Stars have often caused ire for other sides, so they’ve naturally accumulated several juicy rivalries. Take a close look at the most highly anticipated matches of next season.
Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars
In 2013 we had the pleasure of witnessing one of the most heated matches of cricket the country has ever seen, and of course, Shane Warne was at the centre of the drama. The leg spinner took exception to Renegades batsmen Marlon Samuels who had earlier in the match, grabbed the shirt of David Hussey. When Warne came on to bowl against him, tempers flared and continued to boil, resulting in Warne grabbing Samuels shirt and hurling expletives at him.
Neither side has forgotten the drama, which has taken the rivalry of the local derby to another level. The Stars have won 13 of the 18 derby matches against the Renegades, but the Renegades enjoy bragging rights, having won an all Melbourne 2018-2019 final.
Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars
Whether it’s sport, politics or vying for the title of the country’s most liveable cities – there’s always been a healthy rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne. So, it’s little surprise that clashes against both the Sixers and Stars attract large crowds. These matches always have a bit of extra spice about them, and fans certainly love knowing they’ve gotten one over the other.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars
Having contested several final matches against one another, an unlikely rivalry has begun to develop. Historically these sides have been very evenly matched. The Scorchers hold a 9-8 advantage over the Stars, with the average winning margin sitting around 8 runs.
Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars
One match you do not want to miss is between the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat. When the two went head-to-head in Jan 2021, there was a certain level of uncertainty regarding who would win and the results. Despite it being one of the most difficult weather conditions to play in, Brisbane Heat defeated Melbourne Stars by 18 runs! These matches will be something you wouldn’t want to miss in BBL.
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars
Another match that you cannot miss is between Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers. That is because of their sheer competitiveness and will to come out stronger than the other. We cannot forget the titillating match between the two in BBL 2020-2021, this Jan. Adelaide was down, and victory was close for the Melbourne Stars. However, they somehow managed to pull themselves out of this grave and brought the victory home.
Melbourne Stars players
The Melbourne Stars team is packed with talent. There have been a few changes over the last couple of seasons, however, the team looks strong and are ready to compete with the best in 2021. Here are some of the standout Stars players!
The captain of the Melbourne Stars, Glenn Maxwell, is a talented all-rounder the team can count on through BBL. His skills with the bat make him a terror among opponents. Maxwell has scored 1304 runs in total throughout his time with the Melbourne Stars. His strike rate of 142.06 in BBL is what really sets him apart!
If there ever was a triple threat we needed to watch out for, it is Hilton Cartwright. He dominates the game with his skill set in ways most players cannot. Cartwright is one of the strongest players in BBL, with a strike rate of 102.51. If he keeps this trajectory going, he is set to become a major player in the game.
When you think of Joe Burns, you immediately place him with Brisbane Heat. However, he transferred to the Melbourne Stars in 2021. Burns’ decision to sign the contract was a smart and calculated move because the team’s future is brighter than ever before.
Windies player, Nicholas Pooran is a great asset to the Melbourne Stars. He is a talented young wicketkeeper and batsman. He has played tournaments across the globe, including the IPL in India. He has a high strike rate of 169.33 in BBL and plays cricket with utmost dedication and passion. That makes him an excellent addition to the Melbourne Stars squad.
Zahir Khan is a talented bowler from Afghanistan who chose to join the Melbourne Stars in the BBL10 season. He has an economy rate of 6.76 in BBL, and his signature left arm leg spin helps him get at least a single wicket in every match. He is a huge asset to the team, given the fact that he is young, hungry and on course to become the best T20 bowler around!
Other Big Bash teams you might like
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Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)