Playing XI, Launch Report and Injury Update – BBL 2020-21, Match 3

Alex Hales was in great shape last year. He finished second on the list of highest run scorers in BBL9.

Match details:

The third match of the 2020-21 Big Bash League (BBL) season will be played between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

This match will start at 10:35 AM IST (04:05 PM local). It will be streamed live on the Sony Ten Network and can be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.


Match no. 3 of the 2020-21 BBL will be between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. Melbourne Stars have returned from a win against the Brisbane Heat in their first game of the season, while it will be the Sydney Thunder’s first game of the season. Glenn Maxwell led Melbourne Stars was phenomenal in their previous match and it will be interesting to see how the Sydney Thunder perform with big names like Sam Billings, Adam Milne and Ben Cutting on their team.

STA vs THU Weather Report for BBL 2020-21 Match 3

It will be a sunny day in Canberra on Saturday with no chance of rain during the game.

Launch report

The previous game played here was a low scoring game. Timing for hitters will be a headache at this wicket and therefore a difficult task to chase after. Therefore, the captain who wins the bat flip will not hesitate to bat first.

Average score of the first entries:

143 (Considering the T20 games played at the Manuka Oval this season)

Record of chasing teams:

Won – 1, Lost – 1, Draw – 0

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Injury news and availability

Sam Billings won’t be available until around Christmas.

Zahir Khan is still in quarantine.

Jason Sangha suffered a hamstring injury during his training with NSW and is likely to miss the next matches until Christmas.

Nicholas Pooran has yet to make it to Australia as he leads West Indies A against NZ A.

STA vs THU Probable XI of today:

Melbourne stars:

Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk (WK), Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (C), Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Billy Stanlake, Clint Hinchcliffe, Adam Zampa, Dilbar Hussain.


Seb Gotch, Tom O’Connell and Liam Hatcher

Sydney Thunder:

Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Baxter Holt (WK), Ben Cutting, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain, Chris Green, Adam Milne.


Jonathan Cook, Tanveer Sangha, Brendon Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Ollie Davies

STA vs THU top picks for today’s match:

Glenn maxwell he continued his brilliant form in the first game of BBL 10.

Nathan Coulter-Nile took 4 match winning wickets in the first game.

Alex Hales he was in great shape last year.

Selection of Captain and Vice-Captain:

Captain Options – Marcus Stoinis, Alex Hales and Glenn Maxwell

Vice-Captain Options – Daniel Sams, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting

Suggested Game XI No.1 for STA vs THU Fantasy Cricket:

Guardian – Baxter holt

Batters – Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson and Hilton Cartwright

All terrain: Marcus Stoinis (C), Daniel Sams (VC), Glenn Maxwell, Ben Cutting

Bowlers – Chris Green, Dilbar Hussain and Nathan Coulter-Nile

Twelfth man – Adam Zampa

Suggested Game XI No.2 for STA vs THU Fantasy Cricket:

Guardian – Baxter holt

Hitters – Alex Hales (C), Callum Ferguson and Andre Fletcher

All terrain – Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams and Ben Cutting

Bowlers – Nathan Coulter-Nile (VC), Adam Zampa, Adam Milne

Twelfth man – Hilton Cartwright

Expert advice:

Glenn Maxwell had had a great touch against India, both with the willow and with the ball. It also showed flashes of the same in the previous game. Nathan Coulter Nile cast a brilliant spell ripping off 4 wickets for just 10 runs. Other safer options you can opt for are Callum Ferguson and Ben Cutting.

STA vs THU Probable winners:

Melbourne Stars are expected to win this match.

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