Australian pacer John Hastings will lead the Melbourne Stars in the upcoming season. He is still recovering from the foot injury which he suffered during his county stint but the pacer is expected to be fit for the T20 tournament. He will take over the duties from David Hussey, who had announced his retirement after the end of the previous season, where Melbourne Stars reached the semi-final of the tournament.
Hastings was recently ruled out of the initial stages of JLT One-day cup. The 31-year-old pacer will have a tough task to straightaway come to the fore and lead the team in a long tournament. Hastings is a regular member of Australia one-day side and was also in contention to be selected for India series but injury meant that there was no place for him in the side.
John Hastings named Melbourne Stars captain
The Melbourne stars side includes the likes of Scott Boland, Michael Beer, James Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus, Kevin Pietersen, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright and Adam Zampa.
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Melbourne Stars is open to strongest sides in the tournament due to the presence of these players as all the players have represented their country at the international level and along with that, they are also a T20 specialist, especially Pietersen, and Maxwell. They can switch their batting gears at any point in time.
Though the team might miss out on the services of Glenn Maxwell if the all-rounder is selected for the Ashes series, which will be played from November to January. Still, Melbourne Stars will go as the favorites in the tournament due to the presence of experienced players in the team.
Squad: Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, John Hastings (c), Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Dan Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa