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Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has stepped down as head coach of the Melbourne Stars.
Fleming’s decision not to renew his contract comes as a surprise, especially as he led the Stars to the Big Bash League (BBL) final in the most recent season of the tournament.
Despite losing to the Melbourne Renegades in that match, the Stars have still enjoyed a lot of success under Fleming as they have featured in two finals in his four years in charge.
However, Fleming will still be part of the franchise as he will become their international talent adviser.
“I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow someone else to take the reins and the club forward,” Fleming was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “The club is in very good shape having rebounded from last in BBL|07 to grand finalist this season. Whilst we didn’t get the ultimate prize I’m confident that the group of players we have assembled will be motivated to go one further next season.”
Stars captain Glenn Maxwell was gutted about Fleming’s decision to step down.
“This will probably drive us next year and we’ll use it as motivation to go one step further,” he said. “We were so close, with eight overs (to go) we probably looked like winners. To fall that short is disappointing and it’s hard to take.
“I’m sure once the dust settles and we get back to next year, we’ll be able to put some more performances on the board with some more squad depth.”