Scott Boland is returning to the Melbourne Stars in BBL|13.
The Australian cult hero has enjoyed an extraordinary rise over the past 18 months, featuring in the 2021/22 and 2023 Ashes campaigns, as well as starring in Australia’s maiden Test Championship win against India.
“I’m pretty happy to be back bowling at the MCG. To be back home in the green at the ‘G, I can’t wait” he revealed on The Howie Games.
Boland is a welcome addition to a Stars lineup that is still in search of its maiden BBL title, after failing to qualify for the finals in the past three seasons.
His arrival could spell trouble for veteran seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile who is out of contract, while Adam Zampa’s pending trade request in exchange for Sam Harper is another sign of the times changing for the club after Englishman Peter Moores was unveiled as the team’s new Head Coach, replacing David Hussey, with General Manager Blair Crouch stating “everything is on the table” as the club looks to rejuvenate its playing list.
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Glenn Maxwell’s heavily anticipated return from injury and a potential number one pick in the Overseas Player Draft should shape the fortunes of the side’s 2023/24 campaign, with the Stars seemingly assembling a side filled with established talent to make a push for the title with Boland (34 years old), Maxwell (34), Beau Webster (29), Hilton Cartwright (31), Joe Burns (33), Marcus Stoinis (33) and Nick Larkin (33) all locked in for Moores’ first season at the helm.
In a major boost for the state, Boland will return home to his beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground, playing for a team that only had two contracted Victorians feature last season in youngsters Campbell Kellaway (nine matches) and Brody Couch (one), despite being based in Melbourne, with the team instead turning to interstate and international options, while James Seymour and Tom Rogers were mainstays in the side as local replacement players.
The Victorian has taken 70 wickets in 57 Big Bash League matches between the Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes, placing him 23rd for all time wicket takers in the league.
Melbourne Stars BBL|13 Squad: Scott Boland, Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Brody Couch, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster, Adam Zampa
Out of Contract: Trent Boult (International), Joe Clarke (International), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Campbell Kellaway, Cameron McClure, Tom O’Connell, Tom O’Donnell, Tom Rogers, James Seymour, Luke Wood (International)
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