The experienced batter, who has 1192 runs in 59 BBL matches, has signed with Stars until the end of the 2023-24 season
“It was obviously a difficult decision leaving the Heat after being there for so long, however, I am ready for a new challenge at the Stars,” Burns said.
“The Melbourne Stars have been a very strong team over the years and I’m excited to join the team and I can’t wait to get stuck into training with my new teammates.”
The Stars, meanwhile, had a disappointing 2020-21 season, finishing seventh with just five wins from their 14 games following their runners-up finish in the previous two years. Burns’ inclusion will further shore up the batting line-up which also has experienced stars like Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.
“We are building a strong group with a lot of star power so, hopefully, we can play in front of our home fans and make it a special summer.”
The 11th season of the men’s BBL is scheduled to begin on December 5, with Stars taking on Sydney Sixers at SCG.
Melbourne Stars updated squad: Joe Burns, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Seb Gotch, Liam Hatcher, Clint Hinchliffe, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Tom O’Connell, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa