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Sport Luke Wright expected to join Kevin Pietersen in leaving Melbourne Stars

01:50  08 january  2018
01:50  08 january  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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The Melbourne Stars are likely to have access to two new overseas recruits next summer with foundation player Luke Wright expected to join Kevin English Test great Pietersen , 37, announced he would not be returning to the Stars as a player in 2018-19, making the revelation to reporters at

The Melbourne Stars are likely to have access to two new overseas recruits next summer with foundation player Luke Wright expected to join Kevin Pietersen Pietersen also said his ankle was fine and is he expected to take on the Strikers despite hurting himself while batting on Saturday night.

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The Melbourne Stars are likely to have access to two new overseas recruits next summer with foundation player Luke Wright expected to join Kevin Pietersen in departing the club at the end of this season.

English Test great Pietersen, 37, announced he would not be returning to the Stars as a player in 2018-19, making the revelation to reporters at the MCG after his side slumped to its fourth straight defeat to start the season by losing to the Melbourne Renegades.

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The Melbourne Stars have vowed to swiftly rebuild in the Big Bash League, with Englishman Luke Wright joining Kevin Pietersen as a confirmed "Disappointingly, our performances this season have been far from acceptable and well below the standard expected by our club and you, our supporters.

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Pietersen, who has been a Twenty20 freelancer since being cut loose by England following the Ashes whitewash four summers ago, said despite remaining mentally committed to the game, he wanted to leave before needing to "flog a dead horse". Pietersen said he committed to play the upcoming Pakistan Super League as well as a Twenty20 tournament in his native South Africa later this year, but that he wouldn't play beyond the end of 2018.

"I think you know when the time is right," Pietersen said at Melbourne Airport on Sunday ahead of the Stars' departure for Adelaide, where they face the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday night.

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Fan favourite Kevin Pietersen again produced batting masterclasses in BBL|06, finishing with a total of 268 runs for the season, the most at the Stars . This places Pietersen second on the Stars ’ all-time run scorers list behind only Luke Wright . This season, the Stars and Optus joined forces with KP to

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However it is understood Wright, who turns 33 in March, is highly unlikely to be offered a place on the Stars' list next season.

The opening batsman has been a mainstay for the club since its inaugural season six summers ago, and last season became the first player to notch 50 games with the club.

But while the former England white ball all-rounder was the Stars' player of the year last season, he has made just 71 runs in four knocks this season, with the Stars poised to head in a different direction given their hopes of continuing a perfect record of making the BBL finals every season are slim.

It's understood Pietersen had not yet been offered a new contract by the Stars, although the 104-Test batsman, who had a brief stint as England captain almost a decade ago, insisted the decision to end his playing career with the club was his entirely.

"No one makes a decision for you when it's as a big a decision as this, you make it yourself. It's got nothing to do with anybody else," Pietersen said.

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Melbourne Stars (From): Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright , Kevin Pietersen , Rob Quiney, Evan Gulbis, Adam Zampa, Ben Dunk(w), Ben Hilfenhaus, Daniel Worrall, John Hastings(c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Sam Harper, Glenn Maxwell, Jackson Coleman.

He added that he was hopeful of maintaining some connection with the Stars. "I'll continue to come back to Australia. I'd love to be back with the Stars in some capacity, and do stuff with the Stars," he said.

The presence of Twenty20 force Chris Gayle at the MCG on Saturday night near Stars president Eddie McGuire led to speculation the West Indian could be an option to fill one of their overseas gaps, however it's understood their meeting was purely casual.

The West Indian believed to be open to a BBL return after his controversial stint with the Renegades ended two seasons ago, however Pietersen said he wasn't sure whether "close friend" Gayle wanted to play in the competition.

"Not sure mate. Haven't asked him. Don't know," Pietersen said, before adding that he would likely have a minor role in guiding the Stars' recruiting moves.

"Those decisions are not for me to make on who will be the next overseas professional for the Melbourne Stars. I'll have my views, I'm sure they'll consult me and they'll use my connections in the world of cricket to be able to to ring people and say 'I think this club suits you.' "

Pietersen also said his ankle was fine and is he expected to take on the Strikers despite hurting himself while batting on Saturday night.

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