PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Andre Russell of the Thunder prepares to bowl during the Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder at WACA on January 1, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

West Indies' superstar Andre Russell will be joining the Melbourne Stars for a stint in BBL 11.

An extremely talented all-rounder, Russell will add much-needed experience and serious firepower to a Melbourne Stars lineup which is currently depleted by injury.

The 33-year-old will be joining the Stars express from the Abu Dhabi T10 competition in the United Arab Emirates.

A regular starter in the West Indies white-ball sides, Russell has played 67 T20 Internationals and 56 ODI's for his country. The Powerful Jamaican born All-Rounder was apart of the recent T20 World Cup with the West Indies.

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Russell is no stranger to T20 cricket in Australia, having featured in 19 BBL games with the Sydney Thunder.

Russell scored 219 runs at an average of 21.14 in the BBL, boasting an impressive strike rate of 166.29. With ball in hand, Russel collected 23 wickets at an average of 23.39.

The signing comes just days after the announcement that Harris Rauf would be returning to the Stars in late December. When available, Russell will likely bat at six or seven, while bowling valuable overs when required.

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The recent signings will be welcome news for the Stars, after a devastating loss to the Sydney Sixers in Game 1. The stars were crushed 152 runs on Sunday Night at the SCG.

Adding Russell to the Stars XI won't be the only player the Stars should expect to get back. Marcus Stoinis, Joe Burns and Nathan Coulter-Nile are all currently battling injuries of their own.

While fellow international signing Qais Ahmed is yet to join the Stars franchise this season.

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Arriving in good form, Russell starred for the Deccan Gladiators' helping to deliver their first T10 title. Russell was instrumental in the final, hitting an unbeaten 90 off just 32 deliveries.

The West Indian megastar is currently situated in Sydney alongside Qais Ahmed, being required to complete a 72-hour quarantine stint. The Stars will hope to roll Russell and Ahmed out on Friday night against the Sydney Thunder at the MCG.

It's understood Russell and Ahmed will use a different dressing room against the Thunder, given they wouldn't have completed their mandatory quarantine periods.