Monday July 28th, 2014

Kevin Pietersen has signed a two-year contract with the Melbourne Stars, the BBC reports.

Pietersen will play for the Stars during the upcoming T20 Big Bash, which starts in December in Australia. He is a former member of the England national team and the country's all-time leading run scorer.

He said the decision to join Melbourne was based on the team's strong foundation of players and personnel.

"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."

Stars captain Cameron White voiced support for the acquisition.

"He's a tremendous addition and will fit in really well."

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