Two-time defending champions will be in action on the opening day of the new tournament. Their agenda for this year will of course be to go for a three-peat, a task that is never easy in any sport and has never been accomplished in the BBL.
While the chasing pack’s focus during the off-season was to add new and exciting players to their roster, the Sixers merely tried to retain what they had and so there was a spree of re-signings.
To make matters worse for others, the Sixers have added veteran allrounder Dan Christian as well as England’s Chis Jordan to an already talented and champion squad. However, they’ve lost West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite to an injury.
While the Sixers will be gunning for their fourth BBL title this season, Melbourne Stars have never even won it once and are still sitting on the proverbial duck. Three final appearances, however, show that they are capable but have just seen their luck betray them.
That said, luck had nothing to do with their poor campaign last season. They had made the BBL final the prior two seasons and were again expected to be among the top dogs but finished second last, above only the league-worst Melbourne Renegades.
They’ve added a few decent names to their rosters such as Joe Burns, Joe Clarke, and Qais Ahmed but it remains to be seen if that will be enough.