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Du Preez and Lee head home

22 January 2018

The Melbourne Stars farewell International players Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee who return to South Africa today for national commitments.

The Stars have picked up New Zealand batter Katey Martin as an Overseas Replacement Player and Bangladesh off-spinner Kubra Khadija Tul, who joins the team for two weeks as part of the ICC Rookie Placement Program.

Martin debuted for the White Ferns on the 2003 tour of India, where she played in three One Day Internationals (ODI). She was selected in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 squad after several impressive performances in the top order for the Otago Sparks in 2015/16 and in addition to her skills with the bat, provides a back-up keeping option in the squad.

Khadija Tul made her ODI career debut in 2011 for Bangladesh and subsequently was selected for her first T20I in 2012. Through the ICC Rookie Placement Program, which is a joint initiative of Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council, Khadija Tul will complete a two-week placement at the Stars.

South African middle-order batter du Preez was an important part of the Stars' squad in the first instalment of the Rebel Women's Big Bash League and returned this season to score 269 runs at an average of 24.45.

Du Preez top scored with 58 in the Stars’ loss to Sydney Thunder in Penrith, combining for an 83-run stand with Anna Lanning, and was a potent force in the field throughout the season.

South African opener Lee made her mark in her first ever Big Bash match scoring 64 off 36, which included eight fours and four sixes. She produced her highest individual score of 76 in Game 4 against the Perth Scorchers, combining with countrywoman du Preez (40) to help the Stars post a total of 4-163. Lee's knock of 76 included eight fours and three sixes.

The Club would like to thank du Preez and Lee for their valuable contribution to the team both on- and off-field, and warmly welcomes Martin and Khadija Tul.