Boland returns to the Melbourne Stars in the BBL

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Australia’s fast bowler Scott Boland returns to his original BBL club Melbourne Stars after signing a three-year deal after being out of the league last season after two years with Hobart Hurricanes.

Elsewhere, Matthew Kuhnemann, who played three Tests for Australia on the recent tour of India, has re-signed with the Brisbane Heat on a three-year deal, turning his back on interest from other clubs.

Boland became a cult hero in Melbourne following his MCG heroics on Test debut in December 2021 where he took 6 for 7 against England to claim Player of the Match honours.

But while he had been a mainstay in Victoria’s first-class attack for a decade and pushed himself into the Test ranks, he had not been a regular in the Stars line-up during his six seasons between 2013/14 and 2018/19, he only played 31 matches. He moved to Hobart Hurricanes in 2019–20 and made 26 appearances over two seasons, but did not play at all last summer as he appeared in three of Australia’s five home tests.

Stars took the opportunity to offer him a three-year contract to return to the BBL.

“I can’t wait to be a part of the Big Bash again and it’s great to be back home with the Melbourne Stars in front of family and friends at the MCG,” said Boland.

“The Stars have the best fans in the league and hopefully I can be a part of some success and that elusive first BBL title.”

Stars are also likely to add Boland’s recent Hurricanes teammate, WA left-arm swing bowler Joel Paris, to their roster for the upcoming season, while it’s clear Nathan Coulter-Nile has also re-signed for another year.

Meanwhile, Heat were delighted to re-sign Kuhnemann on a long-term basis after being courted by several clubs following his outstanding BBL last season, where his 16 wickets and economy percentage of 7.57 were a key part of Heat’s run to the final.

“Matthew has been a key retention priority following our efforts last summer and his signing is a huge boost for the club,” said coach Wade Seccombe.

“We fully expect that he will continue to strive for higher accolades in the future and look forward to working with him to help him reach those heights again.”

Kuhnemann is currently recovering from a stress fracture in his back that cut short his championship time at Durham, but is expected to be fully fit for the Australian summer.

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