during the Big Bash League match between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Australian all-rounder John Hastings has been named captain of the Melbourne Stars for the 2017/18 Big Bash season.

Hastings, 31, will take over the role from David Hussey who retired at the end of last season.

He is the all-time leading wicket taker for the club, with 40 wickets in 28 matches, having played with the Stars since their inception into the competition.

“I’m very honoured to be the captain of the Melbourne Stars. We have a great Club and I can’t wait to pull the green shirt back on this summer and lead the team,” Hastings said.

“Our squad is very close and we have built a great culture at the Club. I’m especially looking forward to building on it and strengthening it with Stephen Fleming and the coaching panel.”

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