February 8: BBL Final – Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, Melbourne
Our XI: Josh Philippe, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, Ben Dwarshuis, Haris Rauf, Steve O’Keefe
NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a late injury (or other relevant) updates
Captain: Marcus Stoinis
Stoinis has been key in the Stars’ journey to the final, making a 54-ball 83 in the Challenger against Sydney Thunder on Thursday. With 695 runs in 16 games at an average of 57.91, the season’s highest run-scorer is almost guaranteed to give you big runs in the title clash.
Vice-captain: Haris Rauf
The Pakistan quick added three more wickets during the game against Thunder to take his tally to 20 from just nine games. He’s been the find of the season, impressing with his express pace and striking at 10.4 for the Stars.
Steven Smith: Smith is one of the players who can keep a calm head under pressure and bat on, so that makes him a good pick for the final. He entered the BBL party late but scored a match-winning unbeaten 66 in a close chase against the Melbourne Renegades not too long ago.
Adam Zampa: He is the Stars’ second-highest wicket-taker, with 18 strikes in 11 games. The legspinner has helped stifle the opposition in the middle-overs in addition to consistently picking up wickets.
Josh Philippe: The Sixers’ highest run-scorer this season has been in good form leading up to the final, with scores of 52*, 61 and 34. He might have flown under the radar a bit of late, but trust him to keep up his form in the final too.
Sean Abbott: He returned from injury with figures of 3 for 23 in the previous match against the Stars to help the Sixers secure a home BBL final. He has 14 wickets from just six games this season, so expect him to trouble the same opponents this time around too.
Point to note
There is a forecast for significant rain in Sydney on Saturday, so fill your team with big-hitting top-order batsmen who can help you put up good totals in case of a shortened encounter.