Big Bash team forced to field team of unknowns

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Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell.

Multiple unknowns are successful enactment for Big Bash debuts this afternoon, with the Melbourne Stars throwing unneurotic a squad contempt COVID-19 wreaking havoc successful their camp.

The Stars person managed to sanction a 13-man squad for today's lucifer against apical of the array Perth Scorchers - featuring respective chartless players.

Straight retired of a sports movie, the plucky underdogs volition spell into today's lucifer with much than fractional their squad wiped retired owed to COVID-19 complications.

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Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Elliott, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Peter Nevill, Sam Rainbird, Andre Russell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Beau Webster and Adam Zampa are each unavailable.

The nine confirmed precocious past nighttime 10 players and 8 enactment unit had tested affirmative to the virus.

Melbourne Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell. (Getty)

"Our thoughts are with our players who person tested affirmative contiguous and we privation them a speedy recovery," the team's wide manager, Blair Crouch, said connected Saturday night.

"Thanks to the aesculapian teams astatine Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia for their ongoing enactment nether hard circumstances."

The slapped-together radical of players volition dwell of respective radical with zero oregon astir nary Big Bash experience.

If they're to person immoderate anticipation against the Scorchers, it volition each beryllium connected the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Hilton Cartwright with the bat.

Full squad: Glenn Maxwell (c), Qais Ahmad, Lachlan Bangs, Hilton Cartwright, Joe Clarke, Brody Couch, Xavier Crone, Ahmad Daniyal, Syed Faridoun, Tom O'Connell, Haris Rauf, Tom Rogers, Charles Wakim.

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