Dean, 26, obtains his first Big Bash League contract after performing as an opener for the Victorian Men’s Cricket Team in Sheffield Shield.
Melbourne Stars List Manager, Trent Woodhill, spoke glowingly of the Stars’ new signing and paid tribute to Dean’s character and cricketing ability.
“He’s a natural ball striker who has shown against England he’s capable of white ball brilliance. He’s level headed, a leader and has the potential to take the competition by storm. He will fit in very well and we’re excited to have him,” said Woodhill.
Dean said a recent catch up with Head Coach, Stephen Fleming, has given him a lot to look forward to this summer.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Stars this summer. It’s the culture of the club that’s most important to me, and the opportunity to work with the likes of Flem and Trent (Woodhill) is something I’m really looking forward to,” said Dean.
“Playing for Victoria, the MCG is my home ground so I’m excited to be involved in some big matches there this summer – especially the chance to play in front of a packed house at our Derby in January,” he said.
After consistent performances for Footscray-Edgewater in Victorian Premier Cricket, the right-hander earned a state contract in 2015 where he became the first man to score a century in each innings of his Sheffield Shield debut.
He completed that season as Victoria’s leading run-scorer with 807 runs at 44.83
In total, he has played 34 first-class matches with an unbeaten 154 being his highest score.
In the shorter format, Dean has played eight ‘List A’ matches and holds a high score of 119.