• Stars name replacement for Steyn

    England’s Pat Brown will join the Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League when Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn leaves in early January.

    Steyn was recruited by the Stars earlier this year, but not for the tournament’s entirety.

    ‘I’ve signed for the last eight games, replacing Steyn, an absolute legend, so no big shoes to fill there then,’ Brown told the Worcestershire website.

    ‘It’s going to be nice to test and challenge myself in different conditions against different players and as an overseas player.

    ‘I will go out fairly early, a couple of weeks early, to get bedded in and trained up ready.’

    Seamer Brown debuted in T20I cricket on Friday, clinching the key wicket of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor in a comfortable victory in the series opener in Christchurch.

    Last month, the Brisbane Heat revealed the successful recruitment of former Proteas captain AB de Villiers for the BBL. All-rounder Chris Morris will play for the Sydney Sixers.

    Meanwhile, Brown’s teammate at Worcestershire, Moeen Ali, has joined the Cape Town Blitz for the second edition of the Mzansi Super League in South Africa.

    Ali will be with the Blitz for two fixtures before the arrival of Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who will join the tournament belatedly due to international commitments.

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