Dernbach signs up with Melbourne Stars

Jade Dernbach takes a tumble trying to field a ball AFP

England seamer Jade Dernbach has signed with Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash league. Dernbach has played 13 ODIs and five Twenty20s for England, averaging 41.56 and 15 with the ball respectively. He'll be part of a bowling line-up that includes Peter Siddle and Shane Warne.

"With the recent signing of Warne plus the likes of White, Hussey and Siddle in the squad, I know we are going to be the team to watch in this competition," Dernbach said. "I can't wait to run out at the MCG with the Stars shirt on my back and play my part in bringing the BBL trophy to the Stars."

"He is an aggressive and highly skilled change of pace bowler who will provide further options for the Stars especially with key all-rounder John Hastings missing the season through injury," the Melbourne Stars coach Greg Shipperd added.

Dernbach's earned a reputation as being an effective bowler, particularly in the death overs, with this variations in pace that include a well-disguised slower ball. He is the second Englishman to join the team, allrounder Luke Wright being the other.