After not playing Twenty20 Cricket for three years, Australia test skipper Michael Clarke will captain the Melbourne Stars and lead them in Big Bash League for the next two seasons.
The announcement was recently made at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where Clarke led Australia to victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final on March 29.
It was Clarke’s last one-day international match. It was also the day that he announced that he was retiring from the 50-over format in order to prolong his test-playing career.
The past year saw Clarke frequently suffering from back and hamstring injuries.
He’ll be available to the Stars in early January 2016 when the Australian test season ends.
Clarke will be teaming with another 34 year old player, Kevin Pietersen. Clarke stated that there’s a possibility that he and Pietersen will be playing each other ahead of the Twenty20 tournament. Well, if Pietersen gets a recall to the England side for this summer’s Ashes series in England, that is.
The South African-born Pietersen hasn’t played first-class cricket since January 2014 in Sydney, where Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of England during the last Ashes series.
While it’s interesting to watch them play each other, we’re more excited to see Clarke leading the Stars next season.
Here’s to hoping that he lives up to the fans’ expectations.