English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow is all set to make his debut for the Big Bash League as he has put pen to paper with the Melbourne Stars for the season. He became the tenth player from England to sign up for the BBL season. Bairstow will be available for the team from after Christmas as in November and December he will tour to South Africa with the England team.
The debutant is affirmatively looking forward to experiencing the BBL. “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,” Bairstow said.
“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,” he added.
Melbourne Stars Head Coach David Hussey while speaking on the inclusion of Bairstow, said: “I’m glad that Jonny has decided to make his BBL debut with us at the Melbourne Stars. He’s been playing at the top level with England for almost a decade now and brings a real competitive fire to matches.
“His experience and versatility will be a valuable addition to our batting line-up, and we’ve got several ‘keeping options in the squad as well.”
Bairstow made his Indian Premier League debut in 2019 with Sunrisers Hyderabad and an incredible tournament last year. He was instrumental with the bat as he scored 445 runs in 10 innings in the 2019 season at an average of 63.57 with a magnificent century against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made a record of most runs by a debutant in an IPL season. But he had to leave midway for his commitments toward his national side. In the ongoing IPL, he scored 345 runs in 11 matches. Hyderabad’s IPL journey came to an end after yesterday’s defeat to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2.
Making his debut for England in 2011, his career graph has been through a roller coaster ride. The 31-year-old represents England across the formats. In T20 rankings he holds the 19th rank with 574 T20 ratings.
The 2020-21 edition of the BBL, Australia’s franchise-based T20 cricket league is set to kick start from December 10.