Melbourne Renegades’ top draft pick Liam Livingstone has pulled out from the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. Initially, he would be available after the three-test match series versus England.
The Renegades have signed West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell for the first four games, who Kiwi opening batter Martin Guptill will then replace. He will be available for the team for ten league games and finals week if the Renegades qualify.
Guptill recently gave up his central contract to pursue more domestic opportunities. He is excited about his association with the Renegades. His only appearance came with the Sydney Thunder in a one-game stint ten seasons ago.
Guptill was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz, “I’m excited to be joining the Renegades and am looking forward to being part of the Big Bash this season. This is a new challenge, and it will be nice to call Melbourne home for the summer. I’ll be trying to make as many runs as I can to help drive the Renegades back up the ladder and push for team success.”
New Zealand's all-time leading T20I run-scorer is a Renegade 😤
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 24, 2022
“We’re delighted to have a player of Martin’s calibre” – James Rosengarten
James Rosengarten, the General Manager of the Renegades expressed his excitement about this signing.
“We’re delighted to have a player of Martin’s calibre joining the Renegades and we’re excited that he has chosen to play for our club. Martin’s record over a long period in the shortest form of the game for New Zealand and domestic competitions around the world speaks for itself. We know Martin will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our playing group and look forward to seeing what he can produce in red,” Renegades’ General Manager said.
Guptill scored 8569 runs in 303 matches at a strike rate of 130.80 and an average of 31.73, including four centuries.