Sunday’s Big Bash 2016/2017 Round 3 match is between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. The match is set to commence at 18:10 local time with the game to be played in Melbourne at the MCG. The home team Melbourne Stars are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
When: 18:10 | Sunday 01/01/2017
Where: Melbourne, MCG
The Melbourne Stars are coming off an impressive win in their only match this season and against a mid table team in the Renegades they should be too good. The Stars are the favourites to take out the tournament so a win tonight is crucial and on paper we cannot see them losing. For some value we are taking the Stars to win with Glenn Maxwell to be the highest scorer.
Tip: Melbourne Stars at $1.65
Value Bet: Melbourne Stars/Glenn Maxwell at $7.50
Melbourne Stars squad
David Hussey (c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa.
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Matthew Short, Cameron White, Nick Winter.
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Seemingly jinxed at her home tournament where she has annually disappointed, Stosur will again be under immense pressure after drawing world No.7 Garbine Muguruza in the first round.
It will be a replay of their French Open semi-final where the Spaniard beat the Queenslander before going on to upset Serena Williams in the final at Roland Garros.
Muguruza enters the first tournament of the Australian summer as the fourth seed, while Stosur, ranked world No.21, is unseeded in a high-quality field which features five top-10 players.
The victor would set themselves on path for a likely quarter-final against world No.9 Svetlana Kutznetsova.
The other Australian in the 30-strong women’s draw, comeback kid Ashleigh Barty, will play a qualifier but victory would pit her against world No.1 Angelique Kerber in the second round.
Tomic will lead a charge of three Australians in the men’s field, which also features five from the top 10, but must be on song from the start after drawing eighth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer.
Ferrer, the 2013 French Open finalist, would start slight favourite but the Gold Coaster has a fine record in Brisbane where he made the semi-finals earlier this year before falling to eventual champion Milos Raonic.
Canadian world No.3 Raonic is back as the No.1 seed and is on track to meet drawcard Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
Nadal, who is currently playing impressively in Abu Dhabi, has a tricky opening encounter with heavy-hitting Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
If world No.26 Tomic prevails over Ferrer he could set up an all-Australian second-round amtch with wildcard Jordan Thompson who has drawn Swede Elias Ymer first.
Fellow wildcard and Olympian Sam Groth will play Frenchamn Pierre-Hughes Herbert in his opening round clash where victory would see him play fourth seed Dominic Thiem.
Second-seed Stan Wawrinka is drawn to meet either Victor Troiki or a qualifier in the second round.