English batsman Kevin Pietersen is all set to rejoin Melbourne Stars in the ongoing sixth edition of the Big Bash League. The extremely flamboyant batsman is another great addition to the Melbourne Stars side, who already have some big names in the side.
Pietersen missed the first game of the season for Stars, who outplayed Hobart Hurricanes in a thoroughly entertaining battle. Stars made a mockery of the 189 run target set up by the Hurricanes and eased past their opponents.
When there are so many well reputed players in the side, fighting to make it to the playing 11, it makes things all the more difficult for the coach and captain to come up with 11 players.
Pietersen’s return will just add to their misery, but definitely, any team would prefer to be in such situation instead of having no one to choose from. It will be interesting to see who will be the casualty to bring in Pietersen to the thick of things.
Melbourne Stars all-rounder Glenn Maxwell reckons its a good thing to have such headache. “It’s a good headache to have when he comes back,” he said. “We’ll all shuffle around and we’ll see what happens, I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
“We’re all looking forward to seeing him here and seeing the impact he has on the competition because last year was outstanding,” Maxwell said. “Anytime you have a guy with the caliber of Pietersen, it can only help the team.”
With Rob Quiney, David Hussey, Peter Handscomb, Luke Wright, James Faulkner, Marcus Stoinis already in the side, it seems as though Marcus Stoinis will be shown the cold shoulder. Whatever might be their playing 11, with such wonderful options up for grabbing, Stars are definitely one of the favorites to lift the coveted trophy.