Christian has played 16 T20I matches for Australia and is currently playing in the Indian Premier League with Delhi Daredevils.
The Renegades have also re-signed paceman Joe Mennie for the next two seasons adding further depth to the team’s bowling unit.
Christian is coming off a season where he played a key role for Hobart Hurricanes as they progressed to the BBL Final.
It was the all-rounder’s ninth T20 final of his career and fourth in the last year.
He made 216 runs at an average of 27 and strike rate of 153. He also took 11 wickets including a haul of four in the semi-final.
“Melbourne has been home for a while now so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get involved with the Renegades. It’s a great fit for me with a playing group I’m very familiar with,” Christian said.
“There’s always a great atmosphere at Etihad Stadium and walking out to bat in front of that big crowd will be fantastic. The club were certainly in the mix last season and we’re ready to go a step further this season.”
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Renegades Head Coach Andrew McDonald said Christian brings strength through the middle order and valuable experience to the Renegades squad.
“By signing Dan we know we’ve got a T20 player who has proven his ability around the world over a long period of time. He has the ability to change the game with his big hitting in the middle order,” McDonald said.
“He also brings useful variations with the ball and plenty of experience bowling at the death so having that option gives the team added flexibility.”
Mennie re-signs after making his initial move to the Renegades ahead of BBL|07.
He was the side’s best bowler in last season’s semi-final against Adelaide, finishing with figures of 1-21.
The 29 year old represented Australia in one-day and Test cricket in 2016.
Renegades Chief Executive Stuart Coventry said the acquisition of Christian and the re-signing of Mennie provided a further boost on the back of securing talented teenage trio Will Sutherland, Mackenzie Harvey and Zak Evans.
“Dan is a player we have wanted to see in red for some time and we’re pleased to welcome him to the club,” Coventry said.
“Both he and Joe will be great ambassadors for the club and help drive us to fantastic results on the field.
“We’ve still got a few list spots to work through over the next few months but we’ll have a really strong list ready to go for BBL|08 as we hope to improve on last season.”