Melbourne Stars signed Andre Russell for five matches of the ongoing BBL 11. The franchise that is already struggling due to players’ injuries has decided to include west Indies all-rounder Andre Russell in their squad to steady their line-up. Melbourne Stars will play the first match of BBL 11 against Sydney Thunder at the MCG on Friday (December 10).
The star all-rounder is undergoing a mandatory 72 hours quarantine period after flying to Sydney for the league. This is the second overseas signing for Melbourne Stars who had earlier signed Pakistan’s pacer Haris Rauf for the ongoing league. However, Rauf will play his first game of the tournament on December 27 and will remain with the side for the rest of the season.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries, a lot of guys yet to turn up,” Stars captain Glenn Maxwell said after the heavy loss against Sydney Sixers. “It’s just put us behind where we would like to be for round one, but you can’t win the tournament from round one. We’re hoping (Marcus Stoinis) is going to be back next week. We’ve got (Nathan) Coulter-Nile, Joe Burns, Qais Ahmad… another overseas signing (Russell), so we’ve got plenty of options,” he added.
Andre Russell has played 19 matches for Syndey Thunder across three seasons from 2014 to 2017. His last game for Thunder was in January 2017 when he walked off the field after injuring his hamstring in their fixture against Melbourne Stars. In total, he has compiled 296 runs from 17 innings at an impressive strike rate of 166.29 in the BBL. He has also bagged 23 wickets.
Andre Russell was not in his best form in the T20 World Cup 2021 which was held in the UAE and Oman in October and November this year where he could amass just 25 runs & returned with three wickets. However just a few days back Russell displayed an astounding performance by amassing 90 runs off 32 balls while playing for Delhi Bulls in the T10 league in Abu Dhabi.