The Melbourne Renegades have boosted their bowling stocks with the signings of former Australian Test spinner Nathan Hauritz and emerging young paceman Chris Tremain.
33 year-old Hauritz, who also played One Day International and T20 cricket for Australia, heads to the spin-friendly Etihad Stadium after playing in the KFC T20 Big Bash League in Brisbane and Sydney in recent seasons.
“I’m looking forward to a great summer in Melbourne with the Renegades. The club has put together a strong squad this season and I’m looking forward to hitting the deck at Etihad Stadium in front of all the Renegades fans. It’s an exciting time to be involved with the club,” Hauritz said.
The Queenslander has taken 35 wickets in 52 domestic T20 games with an economy rate of 7.46.
24 year-old Tremain is originally from Yeoval near Dubbo in NSW and is now part of the Victorian Bushrangers squad. He took 3 wickets in three matches playing for the Sydney Thunder in BBL|04.
“I’m pleased to get the opportunity to join the Renegades and be on board for the next two seasons. They are some really experienced players in our squad - many of who I know from Victorian circles – so I’ll use this experience to learn as much as I can from them and make the most of my opportunities as they come up.”
The pair will join other new signings Cameron White and Xavier Doherty in red in BBL|05 alongside key internationals Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.
Melbourne Renegades Head Coach David Saker said Hauritz and Tremain gave the side a variety of options in the bowling attack.
“The combination of having Nathan and Xavier Doherty as the right and left arm spinners was something we think can work for us this season – particularly at Etihad Stadium. Nathan brings years of experience to the side and he’ll be an important influence around the group,” Saker said.
“Chris is a talented young bowler who I’ve obviously got to watch fairly closely in my first few months as coach of the Bushrangers. He brings a lot of energy to his bowling and I have no doubt he’ll be doing all the right things to be considered for selection during the season.”
Renegades squad (to date) – Aaron Finch (captain), Chris Gayle, Cameron White, Matthew Wade, Dwayne Bravo, Callum Ferguson, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Tom Beaton, Tom Cooper, Nick Winter, Matthew Short, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Hauritz and Chris Tremain.