Melbourne Stars to avoid BBL exodus

Oliver Caffrey
Glenn Maxwell's omission from Australia's ODI team is a boost to Melbourne Stars' BBL campaign

After years of being decimated by international cricket, the high-flying Melbourne Stars' BBL squad will remain strong during Australia's tour of India.

Captain Glenn Maxwell, ace allrounder Marcus Stoinis and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile's disappointment at being left out of Australia's three-game ODI series is the Stars' gain.

The trio, who featured prominently in last year's ODI World Cup, will continue powering the ladder-leading Stars towards a breakthrough BBL title.

Legspinner Adam Zampa and batsman Peter Handscomb are the only Stars players heading to India.

"Usually with the ODI series in Australia we lose quite a few (players), but...we're going to be in a really strong position going into the finals," Zampa said.

Stoinis and Maxwell put on an unbeaten 68-run partnership in the dominant eight-wicket win against Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night.

With Stoinis belting 68 not out, he reclaimed the golden cap as the BBL's leading run scorer.

It's a different story for the struggling Renegades, who slumped to a sixth-straight defeat.

They beat the Stars in last season's thrilling all-Melbourne final.

They will lose captain Aaron Finch and their best bowler, Kane Richardson.

Australia's first game in India is on January 14.

Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner will leave Perth's squad, while Adelaide wicketkeeper Alex Carey and Hobart opening batsman D'Arcy Short are also in the 14-man touring group to India.

Hobart and the Stars are the only teams yet to win a BBL title in the competition's nine-year history.