After losing the Sydney derby to the Sydney Thunder, Sixers return to their home turf at the Sydney Cricket Ground hoping to out-spin Glenn Maxwell's Melbourne Stars, who haven't won either of their first two matches of the season. The Sixers fielded a bizarre combination in the first two matches, opting to push Daniel Hughes to the middle-order after a successful stint at the top. Their top order appears weak but the Sydney surface should suit Hughes and their middle-order.
The Stars will hope to register their first win of the season at Sydney. They were unlucky to lose to Sydney Thunder in a rain-marred game but then were hammered by Hobart Hurricanes and are now left to play catch-up. Sydney should perhaps suit the Stars who have a good array of spinners up their sleeve.
Conditions: A belter of a pitch with something in it for the spinners.
Wicket-keeper: Ben Dunk (8.5 points)
After a horrendous season in 2017/18 where he made just 115 runs in 10 matches, Dunk will look to impress the national selectors with his work behind and in front of the stumps. A fabulous striker of the ball, Dunk's forehand smashes should find favour at Sydney and the Stars would hope he gets into top gear early in the season.
Batsman: Glenn Maxwell (9.5 points)
Maxwell's back to back sixes over cover - one a switch hit - earned enough traction on social media prior to Christmas and the spinner friendly Sydney surface