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Kevin Pietersen to miss Melbourne Stars' first game

Melbourne Stars will be without Kevin Pietersen for their KFC Big Bash League opener against Hobart Hurricanes on Boxing Day.

Pietersen has returned home to the United Kingdom for Christmas but will fly out to Melbourne in coming days to take on the Renegades on January 1.

KP has scored more runs than any other Stars batsmen in his two years with the Melbourne side, scoring 323 runs in BBL05.

Despite Pietersen's absence, the Stars will have a strong line-up for the clash at Blundstone Arena, featuring Australian ODI players Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Adam Zampa.

Hobart Hurricanes thrashed Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Friday in their first BBL game this season.

Hurricanes will be eager for another big showing from newcomer D'Arcy Short, who smashed 61 from just 28 balls during his BBL debut on Friday.

The squads of both the teams in tomorrow's BBL match is given below:

Melbourne Stars: David Hussey (c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Evan Gulbis, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa.

Hobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine (c), Dan Christian, Cameron Boyce, George Bailey, Stuart Broad, Hamish Kingston, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Clive Rose, Kumar Sangakkara, D'Arcy Short, Shaun Tait, Jon Wells.


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