Welcome to our live coverage of the game between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars.
The Melbourne Stars will look to kick start their season with a win over the Sydney Sixers in Sydney.
The Stars were unlucky against the Thunder in a reduced match, before being crushed by the Hobart Hurricanes in Melbourne and are desperate for a win. They will also be bolstered by the inclusion of dumped Test star Peter Handscomb.
Sydney Sixers have been strong in their first two games with a shock win in their first game before a big fightback in their second match against the Sydney Thunder.
Lamichhane strikes for Stars
He’s the man with the fan club wherever he goes and Sandeep Lamichhane showed why he’s becoming such a favourite.
The 18-year-old Nepalese star took the wickets of Moises Henriques and (somewhat controversially) Tom Curran with great balls to have the Sixers six down.
After his four overs, he had 2/18 and it was his seventh wicket of the tournament to become the leading wicket taker in BBL08.
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It’s the fourth wicket for spinners in the game with one each for Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell.
The pace off the wicket is the secret with pace bowlers Jackson Coleman and Dwayne Bravo taking their scalps off slower deliveries.
Sixers in “a bit of trouble”
Sandeep Lamichhane and Dwayne Bravo have feasted on Sixers wickets with both imports taking key wickets.
Lamichhane tricked Moises Henriques with a stunning wrong’un for his first wicket of the night.
Soon after, Josh Philippe, who with Jordan Silk was rebuilding the innings, pulled Bravo’s first ball onto the stumps.
It leaves the Sixers’ five down with Tom Curran and Silk at the crease after 10.1 overs.
Coleman bamboozles Hughes
Jackson Coleman ran in off the long run up but bowled a first up slower ball to Daniel Hughes which went straight through the gap.
It’s Coleman’s first BBL wicket of the season.
It also set the tone for the rest of his over with every ball a slower ball.
Sixers cost by early wickets
The Sydney Sixers have not been able to force the pace in the power play with both openers back in the pavilion early.
After Edwards’ brain fade, import Joe Denly was soon out, skying a ball from Maxwell.
The ball went high, which gave Dwayne Bravo the opportunity to get under it and take the catch.
Edwards’ ‘big mistake’
Sydney Sixers young gun Jack Edwards had a dream start but it quickly turned into a nightmare.
The 18-year-old turned a loosener from Adam Zampa around the corner for four on the first ball.
The second ball beat the outside edge with a confident appeal for stumping.
Test discard Peter Handscomb was quick with the gloves and Zampa was confident of the dismissal, although the umpire had already called not out but the Stars asked for it to be sent upstairs.
“Jack Edwards, come on mate,” Fox Cricket commentator Brendan Julian said. “That is a big mistake if his foot’s in the air and it looks like it is.”View image on Twitter
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When it was given out, Julian slammed the youngster.
“To lose your balance like that, it’s grade cricket, I’m sorry,” Julian said. “You don’t want that in your first over of a BBL game.”
Social media was glad to see Handscomb in the thick of the action.
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Stars win the flip and field
Glenn Maxwell has a win under his belt, winning the bat flip.
He’s sent the Sixers’ in to bat.
Handscomb searches for redemption
Dumped Test batsman Peter Handscomb has been released from Australia’s Test squad to play for Melbourne Stars in their Big Bash fixture against Sydney Sixers.
Handscomb, who was replaced in Australia’s XI for the Boxing Day Test by Mitch Marsh, will line up for the Stars at the SCG.
It is the second time in as many years Handscomb has been dropped two Tests into the summer.
He was also released to the BBL after being dropped during last summer’s Ashes series, despite having indicated a preference to remain with the Test squad.
Concerns about the Victorian’s unorthodox technique crystallised when he fell cheaply during the first two Tests against India in Adelaide and Perth.
Peter Handscomb has a BBL century to his name.Source:AAP
Australian skipper Tim Paine said on the eve of the Boxing Day Test that Handscomb would come into consideration for the fourth Test at the SCG.
“Going to Sydney, a place where it normally spins, I think people come back into the fold pretty quickly because he’s renowned as probably our best player of spin,” Paine said.
“I know he’ll be doing everything he can to get back into the side.”
Paine said Marsh’s part-time seamers had given him the edge but also acknowledged Handscomb needed to work on the technical side of his game.
“I think he’s had conversations with the selectors that there’s a few things that they would like him to work on and Pete is open to that,” Paine said. “We know that Pete at his best is going to score a lot of Test runs. He brings a hell of a lot to our side.”
Travis Dean makes way for Handscomb’s Big Bash return, while Ben Dunk is expected to give up the gloves for the Test star.
Handscomb scored 34, 14, 7 and 13 in his four innings in the Test side before technique pressures saw him dumped for the Boxing Day Test.
However, a good score at the SCG, the location for the fourth and final Test, may put pressure on selectors to reassess his position in the side.