MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Kevin Pietersen of the Stars plays a shot during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Kevin Pietersen will miss the Stars' clash with the Sydney Sixers to fly home to England to be with his wife for the birth of his second child.

Pietersen will play in the Stars' first two matches against Adelaide and the Sydney Thunder before flying home to be with his wife for Christmas.

He is expected to be back in Melbourne for the derby against the Melbourne Renegades on January 2.