The Renegades have added three new international signings in Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan), Rilee Russouw (South Africa) and Imran Tahir (South Africa) to complement the returning Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) as well as local pacemen James Pattinson and Josh Lalor, and young Brisbane all-rounder Jack Prestwidge as they look to bounce back into the top echelon of the competition.
A clever recruiting drive has complemented the existing talent on the list that took out the title in BBL|08, and it’s a prospect that has left Head Coach Michael Klinger hungry to get the new season started.
“Our overall list is really exciting,” Klinger said.
“As you would have seen with our signings, we’ve gone for as many attacking options as we can.
“With the ball, (we have) many more wicket takers, going with a bit more of a spin flavour with a couple of mystery spinners from overseas to join up with Jon Holland and Cameron Boyce.
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“We’ve also got some real quality quicks with experience, with guys like James Pattinson and Josh Lalor, and some talented younger bowlers as well as all-rounders. We’ve also bolstered our middle order batting with Rilee Russouw, who is going to be great for us. He plays spin extremely well and is a left-hander which gives us a mix through our middle order.
“We’ve also got two of the brightest young Victorian batsmen in Mackenzie Harvey and Jake Fraser-McGurk, and it’s going to huge for us to have Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson available for almost the whole tournament.
“It really rounds out our squad with some really elite players with experience and also some exciting young players.
“I feel our list is in really good shape and as long as we keep them all fit and strong, I’m very confident it will be a great tournament.”
The Melbourne Renegades squad for BBL|10
Aaron Finch (captain)
Captain of the BBL|08 triumph and is second on the league’s list of all-time runs scored. Has hit the Marvel Stadium roof – twice.
Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)
A young left-arm spinner who has earned high praise across the globe. Has been on the Renegades’ radar for more than a year and earned a Caribbean Premier League contract earlier in 2020.
A spinner on the rise who is out to make a name for himself.— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) October 29, 2020
We can't wait to see left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad playing for the ‘Gades in #BBL10 – https://t.co/G9G5XDGQub#GETONRED pic.twitter.com/QA8WsqAqFS
The leg spinner is back for more after 30 games as a Renegade. Averages a wicket a game in the red, with a best of 4-15.
Young paceman who debuted in the final match of BBL|09. He didn’t look out of place, either, and has since gone on to make his Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria.
A precocious young batsman who turned 18 earlier this year. Is yet to play a BBL match but has half centuries to his name from his early Sheffield Shield and Marsh One Day Cup matches.
Showcased his explosive hitting at the top of the order during BBL|09, blasting a career-high 73 from 46 balls against the Scorchers. Still only 23 years old but has 33 BBL matches to his name.
Has been a Renegade for several years, with three half centuries and a strike rate of 122.83 to his name at the top of the batting order. Began the new Sheffield Shield season in slashing form, scoring a double century against South Australia.
Didn’t appear last season due to injury after playing a key role in the BBL|08 triumph as an 18-year-old. Captained Australia in the Under-19 World Cup earlier in 2020.
A spinner with well over a decade of experience in top flight cricket. Has played four Test matches for Australia and previously played for the Adelaide Strikers.
One of the BBL’s best fast bowlers over a long period. Took a hat trick during his time with the Brisbane Heat and has spent time in the Caribbean Premier League.
• Left armer— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 6, 2020
• Swings the ball
• Takes early wickets
• Has taken a hat trick
• One of the @BBL's best bowlers
It can only be one man: @JoshuaLalor.
And he's chosen to #GETONRED - https://t.co/pJRihFYScx pic.twitter.com/nK1ur8vd5k
Is there a more stylish batsman in the game? Few, if any, can match Marsh when he’s up and going. Added plenty to the Renegades’ line up last season and will be looking to build on that in BBL|10.
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
A fan favourite, ‘The President’ is one of the most damaging players in the game. Whether it’s some big late innings hitting or some clever spin bowling in the middle orders, there’s little Nabi can’t do in T20 cricket.
The firebrand is back in red after a stint with the Brisbane Heat. His pace and competitiveness make him a compelling player to watch, and he will team well with fellow experienced pacemen Kane Richardson and Josh Lalor.
Talented youngster who debuted for Victoria at Sheffield Shield level this season. Is among a raft of young Renegades looking to press their claims on the big stage this summer.
Will bring his all-round talents to the Renegades this summer after several seasons with the Brisbane Heat. Hails from a famous Queensland sporting family and can hit 140kph with the ball.
"Jack Prestwidge is one of the most exciting young all-rounders in Australia".— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 6, 2020
Don't take our word for it - just ask our coach @maxyklinger! https://t.co/pJRihFYScx
Welcome to the Gades, Jack #GETONRED pic.twitter.com/ocNDSoJdw7
Loved by teammates and fans alike, and not just for his brilliant haircut. Richardson bowls quickly and accurately, can open and close an innings and is very reliable in the field.
Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)
Has vast T20 experience around the world, with two centuries and a strike rate of 135.62 to his name from 201 matches. Fans will love watching him unleash this season.
"I really think he’s going to be able to win a few games for us off his own bat."— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 10, 2020
Wow. When @maxyklinger says that, it's time to take notice - https://t.co/wj5S970qa4
Welcome, @Rileerr. #BBL10 squad complete 🔒 #GETONRED pic.twitter.com/bzLXUQcB27
Now entering his third season as a Renegade, big things are expected from one of Australia’s most exciting all-round prospects. Sutherland can hit big and bowl quickly and does it all with plenty of energy.
Imran Tahir (South Africa)
A wicket-taking leg spinner who has bamboozled batting line ups the world over for many a year. Has more than 300 T20 matches and nearly 400 wickets to his name, and boasts one of the best trademark wicket celebrations of any player in the game.
✅ A man who gets as much spin as anyone in world cricket— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) October 29, 2020
✅✅ A man who celebrates a wicket like no one else in world cricket
✅✅✅ A man who took more wickets than any other in the IPL in 2019
Welcome to our newest Renegade Imran Tahir – https://t.co/G9G5XDGQub #GETONRED pic.twitter.com/gXXgS4A1qx
Voted the Renegades’ Player of the Season in BBL|09, Webster came on in leaps and bounds last summer. He posted 425 runs at an average of 42.5 and a strike rate of 132, and dug the Gades out of many a hole in the middle order.