Melbourne Stars Coach David Hussey is hopeful that his team will come back strong in the upcoming Big Bash League. The Melbourne Stars had a forgettable last season and will surely aim to perform better. Hussey took the charge of the Stars from Stephen Fleming in the 2019-20 edition of the BBL.
In his first year, the team asserted dominance and ended up as a finalist. In a rain-affected final, they lost to Sydney Sixers. But the next season was a nightmare as the Stars won only 5 matches and lost their last 3 matches to bury their hopes of winning the title. Hussey however looks optimistic for the season ahead. He said that he has learned a lot from the mistakes of the last edition.
“I actually learned more about [the job] last year when we’re not playing as well than the first year when everything was going smoothly,” Hussey stated. “A lot of man management, a lot of strategy meetings, and sometimes your strategy is not always correct.”
Hussey is also the assistant coach of KKR in the IPL. KKR after a disastrous 1st half in India pulled up a miraculous comeback in the 2nd leg of the league in the UAE. The Eoin Morgan-led side ended as the runners-up after their defeat against CSK in the final. Hussey thus in his statement emphasized the importance of assistant coaches in team management.
“Be firm but fair,” Hussey quoted. “Have the honest constructive conversations with all the batters and the bowlers. A lot of one-on-one time. But also have them believing. Cricket at the moment is so highly pressurised, every ball that’s bowled or faced is so important a game of T20 cricket. Try and remove all the pressure from that situation you possibly can. If they’re nice and relaxed, they generally play their best.”
The assistant coaches of the Stars, Ben Rohrer, and Clint McKay will take key roles in the decision-making of the team.
Hussey to adopt neo-T20 batting mindset
Hussey wants his team to learn from his experience at KKR on what it takes to stage a roaring turnaround. Just like the KKR batters, he wants his batting unit to play bold fearless cricket.
“Old school T20 batting is hit a six and a one,” Hussey said. “But new school batting is hit a six then another six. Put the bowler under as much pressure as possible. So my thinking has changed. But if you go in with negative thoughts as a batter and pass it on, they start doubting themselves so it’s all about giving them as much confidence as they possibly can and if they want to hit six sixes in the over, they’ve got our blessing.”
With the star power of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell, the Melbourne Star are definitely a might batting unit.
The Melbourne Stars will face the Sydney Sixers in the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday in the first encounter of the Big Bash League.
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