Melbourne Stars sign George Bailey, Adam Voges and Chris Simpson for the Big Bash League

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Melbourne Stars sign George Bailey, Adam Voges and Chris Simpson for the Big Bash League

The Melbourne Stars on Thursday signed George Bailey, Adam Voges and Chris Simpson in a bid to prove a point in the first edition of the overhauled Big Bash League.

The inclusion of experienced trio into the MCG based Stars would strengthen the side tactically as all the three players are current and former captains of their state teams. Bailey is currently leading the Tasmanian Tigers, Voges is a regular stand in captain of Western Australia side while Simpson is former Queensland skipper.

The Melbourne Stars’ coach Greg Shipperd was thrilled by the inclusion of the experienced trio into the side that already has likes of Victorian captain Cameron White and his deputy David Hussey.

"We wanted players who understood the pressure of the game, understood the tactical side of the game," said Shipperd while talking to the media reporters on Thursday. "We'd be disappointed across the course of the competition if we were tactically out-thought,” he added further.

Shipperd said that while starting off a new franchise, it was very important to get things right both on and off the field and hoped the presence of five such experienced and level-headed players would help them in achieving their goals.

The 31-year-old top-order batsman, Adam Voges has so far played 78 Twenty matches and averages 31.47 in the shortest format of the game with a startling strike rate of 133.80. Voges has also played 19 One Day Internationals and four T20 Internationals for Australia, however, he is yet to debut in the Test format of cricket.

Attracting 27-year-old Victorian middle-order batsman, Cameron White, was also a bonus for the MCG-based Stars. While talking to the media reporters, Cameron White said that the presence of Shipperd in the Melbourne Stars made the choice easy for him.

''Once I knew the little man here [Shipperd] was in charge and that we were playing at the MCG I thought it was the right thing to do - I didn't want to go anywhere else,'' said White.

The Stars are yet to name their two international imports and the team captain. White is assumed to be the potential contender for the captaincy role.

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