The Hobart Hurricanes will look to firm their grip on a semifinal spot when they take on the undefeated Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League at the MCG.

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The Stars have already qualified for the final four courtesy their astounding season so far, and will be in experimental mode when the Hurricanes, in need of a victory in their final two matches to ensure a place in the semis, come to visit.

Melbourne, though, were dealt a blow, with the Sri Lanka cricket board calling back one of the Stars' main men Lasith Malinga.

"While we are extremely disappointed to be losing Lasith at the business end of the tournament we respect the right of all national bodies to recall their players," Stars CEO Clint Copper told the team's official website.

"We will continue to work with Sri Lanka Cricket around a possible return by Lasith for the semi-finals however a decision will not be made until he is assessed in Sri Lanka.

"Lasith has worked tirelessly on his game since joining the Stars after Christmas. His preparation has been nothing short of first class and we are sure that this tournament holds him in good stead for the year ahead.

"We hope to see him return in green in BBL|03 because he has become a valued member of our team, but if not, we wish him all the best for the year ahead with Sri Lanka."

Melbourne will also be without Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade and James Faulkner owing to their involvement with the Australia ODI squad, while the likes of Cameron White, Jackson Bird and James Muirhead are also likely to miss out in the future, along with England's Luke Wright.

Those absences will seriously test Stars' resources, but with a place in the semifinals secured, Rob Quiney believes it is the perfect time to give some of the youngsters a go.

"I guess we are going to see more opportunities for people to come into the side and have a crack," said Quiney, who has found opportunities hard to come by due to the team's overall strength in depth this season.

"It's going to test our depth, but I think we have pretty good depth. I am looking forward to our depth coming up and stepping up to the plate. It'll be a big challenge and hopefully we are up for it because we want to keep this run going."

For the Hurricanes, it is about winning their final two games. If Hobart lose to the marauding Stars on Tuesday, though, they will still have a chance of finishing fourth in a do-or-die battle against the Brisbane Heat at home on Thursday.

The Hurricanes have been boosted by the return of the experienced Dimitri Mascarenhas, who has missed the entire season so far with a fractured jaw.

"Dimi was a big part of our plans at the start of the season and obviously we had to adapt when he was ruled out," coach Damien Wright said.

"It will be great to have Dimi out on the field for us, not only for his bowling ability but also having his T20 knowledge out on the ground will be invaluable to us in a game that could make or break our season."

Fellow Englishman Owais Shah has been left out of the 13-man squad after the batsman's struggles to find runs this BBL season.

Squads: Melbourne Stars: Cameron White (capt), Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Alex Keath, James Muirhead, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright.

Hobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine (capt), Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Shoaib Malik, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Joe Mennie, Jon Wells.

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