Australia’s Johnny Bairstow has withdrawn from the Melbourne Stars’ upcoming Big Bash League campaign after being called to international duty, the Australian Twenty20 franchise said on Thursday.
The 10th edition of the Twenty20 event begins on December 10 and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman is set to make his debut after Christmas.
However, Bierstowe is expected to take on the England Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in January.
“We are naturally disappointed. Johnny will not be able to get in touch with us during this season but we wish him well during his recovery and England’s winter tours,” Stars coach David Hussey said.
England have not yet confirmed their Test squad for the Sri Lanka series.
Bierstowe, who is currently part of the limited-overs squad in South Africa, has not played a Test this year after a tough 2019 but scored a century in England’s last Test in Sri Lanka two years ago.

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