25th Match Preview: Perth Scorchers vs. Melbourne Stars
25th Match Preview: Perth Scorchers vs. Melbourne Stars

With just one win in six matches and staring down the barrel, Perth Scorchers travel to Melbourne to take on the Melbourne Stars, who are third in the points table. Despite boasting of one of the best pace attacks in the league, the Perth Scorchers have failed to impress and against a batting line-up waiting to explode, their task is cut out.

Melbourne Stars had beat Sydney Thunder in their last fixture and have three wins in five matches. One win will take them on par with the Sixers in the points table with one less match played. Led by Glenn Maxwell and boasting of an array of terrific batters, the Stars are one of the teams of the tournament. Anything but a Stars win on a flat surface would be a surprise.

Conditions: A flat baked batting track but long boundaries could bring the spinners into play.

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Wicket-keeper: Cameron Bancroft (8.5 credits)

Returning after serving his ball-tampering ban, Cameron Bancroft has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He sorely needs a big knock to put the whole thing behind him and opening the batting gives him the best bet to establish himself in the tournament. Bancroft is a brilliant batsman and has the game for all formats. On a flat surface, Bancroft should be best placed to give Perth a major boost.

Batsman: Ashley Turner (9 credits)

Turner has been an inconspicuous contributor for the Scorchers, holding up the side when everyone else has

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