England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has put pen to paper with the Melbourne Stars for the upcoming version of the Large Bash League (BBL).
The 31-year-old has represented England in each format of the sport, having made his Take a look at debut in 2012. Bairstow was representing SunRisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League, enjoying alongside fellow Stars signing Billy Stanlake. Nevertheless, SRH didn’t make it to the finals following their 17-run defeat to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2 on Sunday night.
“I am actually happy to have signed with the Stars. I’ve at all times watched the BBL irrespective of the place I have been on the earth and it will likely be good to lastly be part of it. I do know the Stars are one of many competitors’s profile golf equipment and have a monitor document of being in competition in finals,” Bairstow stated.
“The record is wanting good and I am unable to wait to get entangled alongside Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa who I have been enjoying in opposition to in the course of the IPL. I do know Melbourne has been by a tricky time over the winter with COVID so I hope the Stars can convey among the enjoyable again over summer season and put a smile on folks’s faces,” he added.
This season will mark Bairstow’s debut within the BBL. He’s anticipated to be obtainable for the Stars from after Christmas till the top of the season.
Melbourne Stars head coach David Hussey stated Bairstow was necessary addition each with the bat and the ‘preserving gloves.
“I am glad that Jonny has determined to make his BBL debut with us on the Melbourne Stars. He is been enjoying on the prime degree with England for nearly a decade now and brings an actual aggressive hearth to matches,” Hussey stated.
“His expertise and flexibility will probably be a invaluable addition to our batting line-up, and we have a number of ‘preserving choices within the squad as nicely,” he added.
Melbourne Stars squad: Glenn Maxwell (C), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Clint Hinchliffe, Nic Maddinson, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell, Will Pucovski, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.