England’s Dan Lawrence has been recruited by the Melbourne Stars as an overseas replacement player for the remainder of the Big Bash League (BBL). His signing comes as a response to the unavailability of Pakistan duo Usama Mir and Haris Rauf, who are on international duty.
Lawrence, who previously played four games for Brisbane Heat in the 2020 BBL, had nominated for the draft earlier but was not selected. His addition to the Stars’ squad brings experience and depth to their top-order, which has yet to fully deliver despite recent victories.
The Stars, currently placed fourth in the BBL table, have faced challenges with their overseas signings. Their pick, Harry Brook, withdrew from the tournament due to international commitments, while Liam Dawson was available only for a limited period. However, they managed to secure the services of Imad Wasim for the post-Christmas fixtures.
Lawrence’s familiarity with Stars’ captain Glenn Maxwell from their time together at London Spirit in 2022 is expected to benefit the team. Additionally, his knowledge of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), where he scored a century for England Lions in 2020, adds to his value as a player.
The signing of Lawrence is seen as a positive development for the Stars, providing them with stability and talent as they look to maintain their momentum in the BBL. Lawrence’s availability for the rest of the tournament is a boost for the team, especially in light of their recent challenges with overseas player availability.