Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars

6.45pm Toss is coming in five minutes. There has been a influx of Englishmen for this year’s BBL. We’ll see James Vince, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan and Joe Clarke tonight. Matt Roller has taken a look at the English invasion into the BBL this season.

6.35pm Hello and welcome to a new season of the Big Bash League. BBL 11 gets underway tonight with two-time defending champions Sydney Sixers hosting Melbourne Stars at the SCG. Alex Malcolm and Peter Della Penna in commentary tonight and our fearless leader Andrew McGlashan is at the ground for us.This is one of the earliest starts to a BBL season in history in order to get the tournament completed by the end of January. The Sixers are chasing a hat-trick of titles and Gnasher has previewed their chances. Stars are hoping to bounce back after a disappointing year last year with big guns Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis holding the key. Coach David Hussey hoping to bring some of the success he had with Kolkata Knight Riders this year to the Stars.Mustafa Moudi: “@Alex: Can Nathan Lyon play this match given he has already been named in the starting XI of the 1st Ashes Test ?? No he’s unavailable Mustafa. He is in Queensland at the moment. The border is closed between Queensland and New South Wales at the moment for Covid reasons so he can’t fly into Sydney and play.

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