18.15 local time: After killing off all excitement in an Ashes Test, turning it into a dull dud, the MCG now is on redemption. The hosts desperate to open their account would be hoping for the new year to turn a new leaf in their fortunes.
With two losses in two games and both pretty convincing ones, they need to get their act together before things get too late. Brisbane meanwhile have been pretty middling. Nevertheless, it’s been only a couple of games. Brisbane meanwhile have been hot on one day, cold on the other. And if that trend continues mathematically, the Heat are going to heat up the stage. Toss in a bit.
Melbourne Stars (From): Ben Dunk, Luke Wright, Peter Handscomb(w), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Rob Quiney, James Faulkner, John Hastings(c), Adam Zampa, Scott Boland, Michael Beer, Jackson Coleman, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Kevin Pietersen, Daniel Worrall
Brisbane Heat (From): Jimmy Peirson(w), Brendon McCullum(c), Chris Lynn, Joe Burns, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Cameron Gannon, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Yasir Shah, Mitchell Swepson, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Shadab Khan, Jack Prestwidge, Max Bryant, Brendan Doggett, Matt Renshaw, Cameron Valente