Sunday 16 January - 6.15pm AEST at the MCG.
The boys in teal have lost three on the bounce, but our COVID-ravaged new look XI remained courageous despite the unfair circumstances.
Michael Neser will return to donning the teal on Sunday night, his first time in Brisbane colours since the inauguration of the Big Bash League in 2011/12.
His fellow Australian squad teammate Mitch Swepson will take over the role of leading spin bowler, as Afghani signing Mujeeb Ur Rahman finished his BBL11 stint on Wednesday in order to return home in time for national commitments.
With the remaining twelve COVID-hit players and coach Wade Seccombe all out of their seven-day isolation period, the veteran squad will play the rest of the BBL11 competition as originally planned.
A sixth-placed Stars outfit have remained competitive over the course of the season despite the fact they lost Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Joe Burns, Adam Zampa and Joe Clarke for periods of time due to the virus. The Stars’ form has peaked and plateaued at times, but they remain just three points ahead of us on the ladder.
Englishman Joe Clarke is having a lot of fun in Australia as he sits comfortably on the runs tally with 322 runs to his name. Clarke’s fellow batting powerhouse Hilton Cartwright sits just above him at sixth with a massive 344 runs to date.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The home game advantage didn’t quite work in our favour when we hosted the Stars at the Gabba before the new year.
It was a roller coaster affair from the get-go as Mark Steketee snared the prized Stars pair of Marcus Stoinis (0) and Glenn Maxwell (2) for a combined two runs. The Stars were reeling as they slumped to 3-16 at the end of the third over.
A record-breaking fourth wicket stand of 151 off 73 between the aforementioned Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright meant the Heat were chasing a massive 207 total.
Chris Lynn (57) and Ben Duckett (54) seemed to have the game in their hands as the contest came to life.
While we earned ourselves the Bash Boost point with ease, some impressive bowling Brody Couch (3-34) and Qais Ahmad (3-26) saw our tail end struggle to reach the runs needed.
Michael Neser v Marcus Stoinis
The Brisbane Heat pulled off a major recruitment coup with the signature of foundation player Michael Neser.
Sunday evening’s game against the Stars is set to be the first time in ten years since Nes has donned the teal, after the allrounder completed nine successful seasons with the Adelaide Strikers where he took 62 wickets.
It is no secret Neser is rated as one of Australia's best and most underrated bowlers. Nes has been a consistent Test squad member over the past three years before he made his debut against England in Adelaide last year.
There is no denying the Australian batter and BBL veteran is one of the competition’s biggest contenders. Across his 77 appearances with the Stars, Marcus Stoinis has notched a colossal 2203 runs, with a strike rate averaging just shy of 140.
While he has had a recent run of low scores, COVID dramas and injury woes, Stoinis’ form across the decade-long competition is second to none and the t20 master will be one to watch at the MCG on Sunday.