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Stars sign Pietersen for Big Bash

Kevin Pietersen has signed a two-year deal with Australia Twenty20 franchise Melbourne Stars.

The 34-year-old captained Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, has turned out for Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast and is set to feature for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League, which has already started.

Signing for the Stars, who reached the semi-finals in the last edition, will see him line up alongside compatriot Luke Wright.

Kevin Pietersen, pictured in action for Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast, is heading Down Under to take part in the Big Bash League

"I'm very excited about joining the Melbourne Stars and look forward to playing with some of Australia's best T20 cricketers," Pietersen said.

"Joining the Melbourne Stars was an easy choice for me when you look at the players we have and the amazing off-field support staff, and don't forget our home ground, the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)."

Stars head coach Greg Shipperd said: "We are delighted to have Kevin as a Melbourne Star. He's a proven competitor and I am confident that he will revel in the fiercely competitive atmosphere of the BBL and will be especially at home at the MCG in front of our loyal members."

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