Defending champions Sydney Sixers (SIX) will lock horns with Melbourne Stars (STA) in the opening match of Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, December 5.

Under the leadership of Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques, Sydney Sixers defeated Perth Scorchers by 27 runs in the previous edition of the BBL final to claim their third title.

On the other hand, Stars had a disappointing BBL campaign last time around, winning just five of their 14 matches. The Glenn Maxwell-led side finished seventh in the BBL 2020-21 standings.

SIX vs STA Dream11 prediction

Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars have faced each other 16 times in Big Bash League, with the Sixers winning nine of those matches while the Stars have secured six victories. One match has ended in a tie. SIX have won their last five matches against STA and will start as favourites in the BBL 2021-22 opener on Sunday.

SIX vs STA Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Sydney Sixers opening batter James Vince was in scintillating form in the last edition of BBL. The England cricketer amassed 537 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 143.58 and an average of 38.78. Vince will look to continue his impressive form against the Melbourne Stars.

Top tip: Best bowler

Adam Zampa will be the bowler to watch out for in the first match of BBL 2021-22. The Melbourne Stars leg-spinner had bagged 19 wickets in 12 matches in BBL 2020-21 and is tipped to trouble the Sixers batting line-up on Sunday. Considering the nature of the pitch at SCG, the 29-year-old is expected to play an important role for the Stars.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

In terms of the all-rounders on show, picking Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The swashbuckling all-rounder is a match-winner and had also scored 379 runs in 14 matches last season. He can also contribute with his off-spin.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Sixers’ Josh Philippe will be the preferred choice over Seb Gotch of Stars. Along with fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Philippe was the third-highest run-getter in BBL 2020-21, scoring 508 runs in 16 matches. At 9.5 credits, Philippe could be a valuable addition to any fantasy cricket team.

SIX vs STA full squads

SIX squad: Moises Henriques (captain), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Ben Manenti, Stephen O’Keefe, Josh Philippe (wicket-keeper), Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, James Vince

STA squad: Glenn Maxwell (captain), Qais Ahmad, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Seb Gotch (wicket-keeper), Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchcliffe, Nick Larkin, Tom O’Connell, Sam Rainbird, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa

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