BBL SuperCoach Team Preview - Melbourne Stars


1-Ben Dunk
2-Travis Dean
3-Glenn Maxwell
4-Marcus Stoinis
5-Dwayne Bravo
6-Jonathan Merlo
7-Evan Gulbis
8-Adam Zampa
9-Scott Boland
10-Jackson Bird
11-Sandeep Lamichhane



You could flip a coin between Bravo and Stoinis for this spot, but I’ve chosen Bravo due to his experience and remarkable consistency. The only downside to starting with Bravo is that the Stars don’t have a double game week until round 10. With that aside, Bravo is still one of the premier all-rounders in the world and will undoubtedly perform well again this BBL. In the recent Caribbean Premier League, he batted down the order at number 6 and 7 and still managed 209 runs at an amazing strike rate of 204.98, which shows how destructive he can be with that bat. He also picked up 13 wickets during that tournament, so he is in good form coming into the BBL and ready to again score plenty of SuperCoach points.


ADAM ZAMPA (BWL $122,000)

A somewhat underrated bowler, his continued selection in Australia’s T20I team, with an economy of 6, would suggest otherwise. A very economical style bowler, Zampa also picks up handy wickets, as shown in the recent Caribbean Premier League, where he took 9 wickets. He also picked up 12 wickets in UK Vitality Blast. His SuperCoach scores are usually consistent with his ability to accumulate dot balls as well as keep a low economy rate, but if he can pick up regular wickets in BBL08, then that will see his SuperCoach value sharply increase.


BEN DUNK (BAT/WKP $67,900)

Dunk has finished as the tournament leading run scorer on two occasions in the BBL, but struggled in BBL07 with his new team. As a result, he starts very cheap in BBL08. Expect Dunk to bounce back this time round after reigniting his love for cricket whilst playing for South Hobart Sandy Bay Cricket Club. Expected to open the batting and keep wickets, he will get every opportunity to score SuperCoach points, and is heavily under priced for someone of his talent. His price should rise rapidly if he gets off to a decent start.



The first Nepalese player to take part in the BBL, Lamichhane is a future star. A crafty leg spinner, he already boasts an impressive T20 bowling average of 19.93, and recently picked up 7 wickets in 5 games during the Caribbean Premier League. If he lives up to the hype, he could prove to have a very successful BBL and at only $62,500, he could be great value and find a spot on your bench.


After a disappointing BBL07 for their standards, I expect to see the Melbourne Stars back in the finals in BBL08. A typically strong team on paper with, they will once again have to deal with losing some players midway through the season to international duty and their depth will be tested. The addition of Bravo, as well as an in form bowling line up, will certainly help soften that impact.