Jackson Bird returns to the Stars in fantastic form, recently taking ten wickets in a Shield match for Tasmania. The tall fast-bowler played the first four seasons of Big Bash with the Stars before a three-season stint with the Sydney Sixers and will now return to his spiritual ‘home away from home’.
“I couldn’t be happier to be joining the Melbourne Stars again this season, and what better way to return to the MCG in green than at a New Year’s Day Melbourne Derby - hopefully all the Stars fans will get behind me and the boys,” Bird said.
“I want to thank the Sydney Sixers for my time there, it gave me a chance to be at home with my family for the past few summers. But I’m thrilled to be back where Big Bash started for me, the Stars feels like family and I’m looking forward to reuniting on December 11.”
Bird has taken 33 wickets in 38 Big Bash matches including best figures of 4-31 for the Stars against the Renegades in BBL|03.
Melbourne Stars List Manager, Trent Woodhill, said that the group was happy to have the experience of Bird back in the side.
“We’re delighted to be able to reunite with Jackson. He was a Stars favourite who had great success with us the first time around,” Woodhill said.
“We felt it was important to attract somebody of Jackson’s skill and experience to add to our fast bowling group and we’re really glad to have him back.”
Melbourne Stars CEO, Clint Cooper, echoed Woodhill’s comments, acknowledging Bird’s presence among the group.
“We are really happy to have Jackson back in the fold. He was a great contributor in the early days and we expect him to have just as much impact now.”
Clint McKay will also make a return to the Stars, accepting a role in the coaching department (replacing former Stars captain and now Cricket Victoria Director David Hussey). McKay also played the first four Big Bash seasons at the Stars before joining the Sydney Thunder.
“Clint has had an amazing career across all forms of cricket and indeed T20. His current day experience will a vital role in providing insights to our batting group this summer,” Cooper said.
“We are proud of the environment we have created here, in that whilst there is some movement amongst Clubs, we always welcome back family.”
The Melbourne Stars BBL|08 list is now complete with the team opening their campaign against the Sydney Thunder on December 21 in Canberra.
Melbourne Stars Squad
Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Matt Parkinson (*international replacement), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa
Melbourne Stars Coaches
Stephen Fleming (Head Coach), Trent Woodhill, Michael Lewis, Clint McKay and Jarrad Loughman