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Melbourne Stars rope in Dale Steyn for Big Bash League
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Melbourne Stars rope in Dale Steyn for Big Bash League

The Big Bash League has witnessed another major signing with Dale Steyn heading into the Melbourne Stars camp, a week after AB de Villiers joined Brisbane Heat.

Steyn is reported to have signed on for the BBL franchise's opening six games but he could prolong his stint if South Africa's selection committee decides against picking him for the ODI series against England next year.

The 36-year-old is Melbourne Stars' second overseas pick alongside Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.

Steyn called time on his Test career a couple of months ago and made himself available for white-ball cricket but he was overlooked for selection in the recently concluded T20I series in India.

He was part of South Africa's World Cup squad earlier this summer but returned home without playing a game after failing to recover from his persisting shoulder injury.

Steyn's last international appearance was against Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth in March.

“Obviously the first prize is always to play for your country. Representing South Africa is the only thing I’ve ever done for my whole career so far … so to get back into that team is prize number one," Steyn told cricket.com.au.

"But if that doesn’t happen, I still want to be playing cricket. I don’t want to be sitting in South Africa not doing anything."

The 93-Test veteran will be making his BBL debut later this year when Stars kick off their campaign against Brisbane Heat.

He has already featured in the Indian Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League while he is all set to represent Cape Town Blitz in South Africa's Mzansi Super League next month.