England batsman Jonny Bairstow joins Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash.
Melbourne Stars have announced that England opening batsman Jonny Bairstow is to join them for BBL|10.
The big hitting batsman is set to join up with the Stars after Christmas, and will be available for the remainder of the competition.
Prior to that, Bairstow is due to tour South Africa in November and December with England.
He will then be required to quarantine on his arrival in Australia. Before he can join up with his new team mates.
For the past few weeks, Bairstow has been in UAE playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
Despite having done reasonably well, he was left out of the team for the last few matches as the Sunrisers searched for a winning formula.
Jonny Bairstow joins Melbourne Stars for Big Bash debut
Remarkably, this will be Bairstow’s first appearance in the Big Bash.
Speaking to the Stars’ official website, Bairstow said
“I’m really pleased to have signed with the Stars, I’ve always watched the BBL no matter where I’ve been in the world and it will be nice to finally be a part of it. I know the Stars are one of the competition’s profile clubs and have a track record of being in contention in finals.”
“The list is looking good and I can’t wait to get involved alongside Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa who I’ve been playing against during the IPL. I know Melbourne has been through a tough time over the winter with COVID so I hope the Stars can bring some of the fun back over summer and put a smile on people’s faces.”
The Melbourne Stars open their Big Bash League campaign at home to Brisbane in the 2nd match of the competition. The fixture takes place on 11th December.
David Hussey’s team are the 8/11 favourites to win their opening match, with opponents, Brisbane Heat at 23/20.
Check back for our Melbourne Stars V Brisbane Heat Prediction in the build up to the tournament.
To win the tournament outright, the Stars are the 10/3 favourites. Just ahead of second favourites, Sydney Sixers, who are 4/1.
With franchises still finalising their respective squads, those odds could change yet.