BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Joe Burns of QLD plays a shot during the JLT One Day Cup match between Queensland and the Cricket Australia XI at Allan Border Field on September 29, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Scans have confirmed the worst for Melbourne Stars batsman Joe Burns as he will not play for the remainder of the BBL|12 season due to a hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old entered the crease at 2/35 against the Sydney Thunder and could be seen limping after a quick single at the start of the sixth over of their innings.

He appeared to be in discomfort afterward and was soon forced to retire hurt. He did not take the field in the second innings and the extent of his injury was confirmed days later.

Stars coach, David Hussey expressed his disappointment during the Fox Cricket broadcast at the time.

"Joe Burns is a pretty big loss for us, we were basing our whole number three spot around him for the whole year," Hussey said.

The loss leaves room for young Victorian Campbell Kellaway to make his Big Bash debut, as suggested by Hussey.

"Campbell Kellaway, a young Victorian kid who made a good hundred against the South Africans up in Brisbane a few days ago, he's a real talent," he said.

"I think he can slot in the middle-order for us, if not at the top.

"It's exciting times for Cricket Victoria, we've got some good kids coming through."

"He wants to learn, he works hard at his game, he's done a heap of work with Jason Arnberger, a former opening batter for Victoria and now he does a lot of work with (Victoria assistant coach) Benny Rohrer.

"He's got a nice temperament, he's probably more suited to the red-ball game at the moment but he's so adaptable.

"He's very talented off the back foot, very talented off the front foot, he can adapt in any form of the game.

"He's got a mixture of a bit of Matthew Elliott off the back foot and Shaun Marsh off the front foot so it's a nice mix to have."

Kellaway may debut when the Stars play the Perth Scorchers on Friday Night.