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Rauf axed from Melbourne Stars squad to make way for Steyn
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Rauf axed from Melbourne Stars squad to make way for Steyn

Haris Rauf has been excluded from the Melbourne Stars' squad despite the exciting pace sensation's dream start to the Big Bash League with veteran speedster Dale Steyn joining the side for Friday's clash against Adelaide Strikers.

Rauf was plucked from Tasmanian Premier Cricket to replace the injured Steyn, who suffered a side strain during the latter stages of the Mzansi Super League.

The 25-year-old immediately made an impact managing to pick seven wickets, including a match-winning five-fer against Hobart Hurricanes in his last appearance for the Stars.

Rauf, who shot to prominence following his Pakistan Super League heroics with Lahore Qalandars, currently tops the bowlers' chart this BBL season.

His menacing pace and pinpoint yorkers drew accolades as he boasts an economy rate of just 5.87 runs an over and an average of 6.71 across the two BBL matches.

He is unlikely to feature for the Stars in this edition of the league since the rules allow for only two foreign recruits per team.

Melbourne will continue to avail the services of Sandeep Lamichhane, contracted for the entire tournament, and a fully recovered Steyn.

The Proteas paceman is expected to be in the playing XI for the match against Adelaide, marking his debut BBL game.

Meanwhile, the Stars have also named Nathan Coulter-Nile in the squad after he missed the first two matches owing to an ankle injury.