The Melbourne Renegades have boosted their spinning stocks with the signing of winning World Cup team member Xavier Doherty.
The 32 year-old left arm orthodox spinner from Tasmania played for the Hobart Hurricanes for the first four seasons of the KFC T20 Big Bash League and has made the move to the spin-friendly wicket at Etihad Stadium.
Doherty made his Test debut for Australia in 2010 and has claimed an impressive 56 wickets in 66 domestic T20 matches.
“I’m really pleased to have signed for the Melbourne Renegades. I felt ready for a change and the chance to play in Melbourne was too good to pass up,” Doherty said.
“The Etihad Stadium wicket has always been good for the spinners so I’m looking forward to getting into the action on that deck. The squad also looks really good. We’ve already added Chris Gayle and Cameron White to a strong list which should put us right in contention for finals this season.”
Melbourne Renegades Head Coach David Saker said Doherty added experience and depth to the side’s bowling lineup.
“We recognised the need to add a spinner who has played at the top level and Xavier certainly fits that bill. He’s been a regular part of the Australian ODI and T20 sides for several years and has a very good record in BBL matches,” Saker said.
“I’ve known Xavier for a long time – I’ve coached him and played with him when he was starting out in Tasmania. As a team we had good results from the spinners during BBL|04 so we’ll be looking for a repeat of that this season.”
Doherty becomes the club’s third off-season signing following West Indian superstar Chris Gayle and former Stars captain Cameron White, bringing the roster to 12 so far.