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Nic Maddinson will no longer represent the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL) as he has signed a three-year deal with the Melbourne Stars.
Signing Maddinson is the first step in the Stars’ rebuilding process after losing batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright.
Furthermore, there are concerns about whether batsman Peter Handscomb and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will stay with the team, who endured a torrid BBL season as they finished last after winning just two of their 10 games.
“I have very much enjoyed my time at the Sydney Sixers over the last several years and am very grateful for the opportunities they have given me,” Maddinson was quoted as saying by The Cricketer. “While it was a very difficult decision to leave, I now look forward to taking on new challenges at the Melbourne Stars.
“I have some good friends in the Stars squad and I’ve heard great things about the culture that Stephen Fleming, the coaching staff and the leadership team has created. My focus will be on helping the Melbourne Stars win the BBL.”
Stars batting coach David Hussey expressed his delight after the franchise secured the services of Maddinson.
“Nic has been a consistent performer in the BBL for the past seven seasons and, with the departure of Kevin Pietersen, we knew he would be the perfect fit for our new-look batting line up next season,” he said. “With the MCG as our home ground, we need batters up the top of the order who can hit big, clear those boundaries and really attack the power play, which Nic has proven he can do. We look forward to seeing him in action for the Stars next season.”