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08 February 2019

Melbourne Stars bowler, Michael Beer, has today announced his retirement from KFC Big Bash League after a stellar career of 58 matches across two clubs.

Beer launched his BBL career in Perth, playing a key role for the Scorchers before the Stars lured him back to Melbourne in a historic first BBL trade deal.

Reflecting on his five years playing with the Stars, Michael Beer said it had been one of the most enjoyable experiences in his cricket career.

“When I first came to the Stars I probably wasn’t enjoying my cricket as much, but the Stars made cricket fun for me again,” said Beer.

“I’d really like to thank the players and coaches I’ve been fortunate to work with over the years at the Stars, as well as the club staff and the Board for all the support and opportunities they’ve given me and my career both on and off the field.

“I’d also like to thank the WACA, Perth Scorchers and Cricket Victoria for my time with them, I’ve been lucky to learn so much from each team I’ve played with.

“I’m very excited about the next phase of my life, spending time with my family and putting more focus into my coaching. I still really enjoy being around the game and look forward to building on some of the coaching opportunities I’ve had this year,” said Beer.

Over five seasons, Beer has played a key role in the Melbourne Stars attack, often opening the bowling and restricting the opposition with one of the best bowling economies in the League at 6.70 and a total of 41 wickets to his name.

Melbourne Stars Head Coach, Stephen Fleming, paid tribute to Michael Beer’s career at the Club.

“Michael Beer has played a pivotal role at the Stars, contributing consistently with the ball and a key to our spin strategy for many years. We want to thank him, not just for the brilliant job he’s done on-field but his all-round service to the Club.

“Over the past 12 months he has developed as a mentor for our younger players, and particularly our bowlers, in both the men’s and women’s teams and I can see great potential for him to continue with that in the future,” said Fleming.

The Melbourne Stars play the Brisbane Heat at the GABBA tonight before a final home match at the MCG on Sunday afternoon against the Sydney Sixers.

The Stars require one win from their final two matches to secure a place in the KFC BBL Finals next week.