Published: 5th December, 2018
New signing Liam Plunkett will become the third current Surrey player in this year’s Big Bash League after agreeing a deal with Melbourne Stars.
England white ball bowler Plunkett joined Surrey from Yorkshire at the end of the 2018 county season and will join Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades) and Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) in Australia’s premier domestic T20 competition.
After spells in the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and the South African equivalent, the 33-year-old seamer will be performing in the Big Bash for the first time.
Stars will begin their 14 match group stage campaign away at Sydney Thunder on December 21 with an MCG Derby against city rivals Melbourne Renegades on New Year’s Day.
Originally from Durham, Plunkett made his England debut in 2005 and has since played 13 Test Matches, 73 One Day Internationals and 19 T20 Internationals, taking a combined 177 wickets and also contributing 850 runs.
In ODI cricket, Plunkett has the best strike rate of any English bowler, averaging a wicket every 30.4 balls and reaching 100 ODI scalps in just his 64th match, against Australia at Brisbane earlier this year.
In recent years Plunkett, currently ranked as the 27th best bowler in ODI cricket, has played a key role in the development of England’s white ball team – and will looking to star in next summer’s ICC World Cup, which starts at the Kia Oval on Thursday May 30th when England take on South Africa.
We’ll be keeping a track of our four players in the Big Bash League on Twitter at @surreycricket as well as the three Surrey Stars currently playing in the Women’s Big Bash League, which started last week with a century from Lizelle Lee.