More Big Bash Cash Thrown Around

By Staff Writer    |    Cricket   |   Jul 7, 2011 01:31 PM

The Melbourne Stars Big Bash franchise today announced its first five signings, headlined by Australian Twenty20 skipper Cameron White.

White will be joined by fellow Victorian David Hussey as well as Tasmanian captain George Bailey, former Bulls skipper Chris Simpson and WA’s Adam Voges.

The signing of the three interstate players is a coup for the Stars who are expected to add Victorian players Clint McKay, John Hastings, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle to their 18 man squad which will be coached by Bushrangers coach Greg Shipperd.

“It’s an exciting time. To sign those guys, it’s going to create a great culture and it should be a great team to be involved in,” said Cameron White, who is expected to named captain of the Stars in the coming weeks.

“Once I knew the little man here (Shipperd) was in charge and that we were playing at the MCG I thought it was the right thing to do – I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

David Hussey also confirmed that he had fielded offers from the other franchises but said that staying in Melbourne was a priority for him.

Meanwhile former Australian test skipper Ricky Ponting has announced that he will play with the Hobart Hurricanes.

There was speculation that Ponting would join one of the Sydney franchises (because he lives in Sydney), but Ponting stayed true to his word that he would represent Tasmania whenever he got the chance.

“I’ve always said whenever I can I will be playing cricket for Tasmania. My heart and soul is into playing cricket for Tasmania and I will do it as often and as much as I can,” Ponting said.

“I’ve actually made some sacrifices to keep it that way. I haven’t been able to train with state squad the last few years for the fact that I feel uncomfortable going to train with New South Wales.

Test players will only be available for a small selection of the Big Bash League because it clashes with the international schedule, but Ponting said he was confident of getting in at least two games for the Hurricanes.

Ponting also said that he was disappointed by Tasmanian captain George Bailey’s decision to play for the Melbourne Stars.

In Twenty20 news from England, Somerset spinner Arul Suppiah has set a new record for the best ever bowling figures in a Twenty20 match.

Suppiah finished with the amazing figures of 6/5 of 3.4 overs as Somerset skittled Glamorgan for just 98.

Suppiah’s spell replaces Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14 for the Rajasthan Royals, which had stood as the record since May 2008.

Somerset won the match with 21 balls to spare.