Big Bash League news July 18, 2011

Melbourne Stars sign Luke Wright

ESPNcricinfo staff

England and Sussex allrounder Luke Wright will play for the Melbourne Stars in this year's Big Bash League.

Wright is the first overseas player to be added to the Stars squad and joins David Hussey, Cameron White and Adam Voges in the Melbourne ranks, while Victorian bowling trio James Pattinson, John Hastings and Clint McKay have also been signed.

Wright, 26, part of England's successful World Twenty20 team in the Caribbean last year and was also a member of their squad for the World Cup in the subcontinent. He also has plenty of Twenty20 experience with Sussex, having scored 1,139 runs - including one century - and taken 41 wickets for them.

"Wright is an impressive young man who can open the batting or bowling," said Melbourne coach Greg Shipperd. "He provides options for the team as he can play any role through the middle to finishing overs. We are extremely pleased to have him as one of our foundation players."