Harry Brook was selected with pick two in the BBL Overseas Draft (Photo: @englandcricket / X)

English cricketer Harry Brook has withdrawn from BBL|13 due to an increased workload. 

The middle-order batsman was selected by the Melbourne Stars with the second pick in the BBL Overseas Draft, an acquisition the Stars were looking forward to seeing in action.

“Naturally we’re disappointed that Harry has withdrawn from the BBL, but we understand his decision with his increased workload,” Melbourne Stars General Manager, Blair Crouch, said.

“We obviously rate Harry extremely highly and we would have loved to have seen him at the MCG alongside Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis this summer.”

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Over the last 12 months, Brook has proven that he is a worthy top-two draft pick, helping revolutionise test cricket. One of the beneficiaries from the introduction of Bazball, the 24-year-old burst onto the test scene last year. Scoring 809 runs off 689 deliveries in his first nine innings at international level, Brook became a nightmare for opposing bowlers.

It was originally announced that the Englishman would join the team in green at the completion of their tour of the West Indies but has instead opted out of the competition.

The club are hoping to announce a replacement player in the coming fortnight. 

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