Australian news July 5, 2011

Paul Collingwood joins Perth Scorchers

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Paul Collingwood will be the second international star, alongside Herschelle Gibbs, on the Perth Scorchers' Big Bash League roster. The signings continued apace on Tuesday, with the Melbourne Renegades naming a near-full squad including the fast bowlers Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes, who will head a fearsome attack for the side based at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne's Docklands.

The Renegades will wait until later in the week to confirm their international players, but there has been no such delay for the Scorchers. The coach of the Scorchers, Mickey Arthur, said the team would benefit greatly from the presence of Collingwood, who captained England to the World Twenty20 title last year and has a less busy schedule than he used to, having retired from Tests.

"I stated last week that overseas recruits need to bring outstanding qualities, and Paul Collingwood is another who offers so much to our set-up," Arthur said. "Paul is a brilliant leader of men who helped mould his country's T20 side into an exciting and ruthless combination, which culminated in their triumph over Australia in the final of last year's World T20 in Barbados.

"Being the first skipper to lead England to victory at an ICC men's event was a massive feather in his cap. Paul is a gutsy and determined batsman who can lift the scoring rate with his attacking stroke play, he is a proven wicket-taker with the ball and is first class in the field. I am thrilled to welcome him as our second overseas signing."

Perth have also locked in the wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, along with Western Australia's new fast-bowling recruits Nathan Rimmington and Mark Cameron. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Brad Hodge, Andrew McDonald and Aaron Finch are the big-name Victorians to have joined the Renegades, who have already confirmed 14 of their 18 players.

The Renegades coach Simon Helmot, who is an assistant at Victoria under Greg Shipperd, will have plenty of experience in his coaching staff after Dean Jones and Merv Hughes signed up as batting and bowling mentors. In addition to the South Australian fast man Tait, the Renegades have also brought in the Queensland batsman Nathan Reardon and the left-arm spinner Aaron Heal, who was axed from Western Australia's squad earlier this year.

The surprise signing was that of Brenton McDonald, 27, a legspinner and the brother of former Test allrounder and Renegade Andrew McDonald. The team won't be short on aggression in the attack, with Nannes and Tait to be joined by the fiery fast man Jayde Herrick and the veteran Shane Harwood, who lost his Victoria contract last month.

The Renegades' cross-town rivals, the MCG-based Stars, have not yet named any of their squad but it is expected to feature several other Victoria players including Cameron White and David Hussey. In other signings on Tuesday, the Hobart Hurricanes locked in the Tasmania quartet of Mark Cosgrove, Rhett Lockyear, Evan Gulbis and Matt Johnston, while the Sydney Sixers confirmed the wicketkeeper Peter Nevill would be part of their group.

The squads so far

Adelaide Strikers Daniel Harris, Cameron Borgas

Brisbane Heat Nick Buchanan, Ben Cutting, Ryan Harris, Chris Lynn

Hobart Hurricanes Travis Birt, Mark Cosgrove, Xavier Doherty, Evan Gulbis, Michael Hogan, Matt Johnston, Rhett Lockyear, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Tim Paine

Melbourne Renegades Ryan Carters, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, Aaron Heal, Jayde Herrick, Michael Hill, Brad Hodge, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew McDonald, Brenton McDonald, Dirk Nannes, Nathan Reardon, Will Sheridan, Shaun Tait

Melbourne Stars No players yet

Perth Scorchers Tom Beaton, Mark Cameron, Paul Collingwood, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Herschelle Gibbs, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Luke Pomersbach, Nathan Rimmington, Luke Ronchi

Sydney Sixers Moises Henriques, Peter Nevill, Ben Rohrer, Steven Smith

Sydney Thunder Chris Gayle, David Warner

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  • AKS286 on July 7, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @renuka don't compare IPL against BBL. BBl = sportsman spirit+ talent+ passion + cricket. this is what a cricket game is. IPL= glamour + money + scandal + politics. we respect cricket we love cricket no matter which country or which player. why sehwag always injured when delhi daredevils not make place in next round & did't play in the league just formality mathches means loss or win no matter delhi will not qualify.

  • renuka2600 on July 7, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    BBL is going to be a big flop.Because there are no sub continental players and not many international stars.I think its waste of time to conduct the series.Only australian players are seen through out the series.I will be same as a Australian First Class Tournament but not as an international event

  • redneck on July 7, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    good riddence to tait, thanks for the loyalty! its not like SA have plenty of other australian players to pick from!!! i hope this league flops big time!!!! @indiaforcup it could have something to do with india playing tests in australia and sri lanka playing tests in south africa at the same time as the tourniment. tassie have signed a pakistani. the bcci are right in not letting their players play so close to test matches, just wish that cricket australia had the same forsight!

  • IPLisdull on July 6, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    as a proud south australian that has had nothing to cheer over since 1995 (should i count last years T20) its good to see another south australian fast bowler following in Harris' footsteps. Thanks for the memories Taity, and thanks for your loyalty. good to see you reserved a special place in that big heart of yours for SA cricket.

  • dummy4fb on July 6, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @stationmaster; well said mate...he will make it back to the T20 playing eleven soon for england, and I still say he's got a lot to offer.

    @indiaforcecup; I think we can do with watching talent from the rest of the world for a change :)

  • smudgeon on July 6, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @Meety - must be the "dream team" possibilities! Imagine the excitement of watching Nannes & Tait firing them in to Warner & Gayle. Much as I dislike the lowest-common-denominator aspects of T20 ("it's a debasement of cricket!"), it's the club-like aspects of BBL/IPL/etc that keep me intrigued!

  • Meety on July 5, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    @ smudgeon - LOL! Yes I'm the same - 1 2/3 loathe this, 1/3 like it. @stationmaster - Colly needed to retire from Tests, but I think he has a bit to offer in 50/50 & 20/20 cricket. I'd have him as captain of the English T20 side.

  • smudgeon on July 5, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    @indiaforcup (and anyone else who hasn't been paying attention) - the BCCI has banned Indian players from playing the BBL.

  • AKS286 on July 5, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    i think GIBBS era lost so earlier, as klusner era lost. but i really want to see some irish players in BBl. like Kevin & Niall o' brien, porterfield, rankin (he loves the perth pitch), r ten doestch from dutch these players also learn some tough cricket which is good for irish cricket, a new emerging country is cricket add flavour to the cricket, after sri lanka no any other country impress anyone whwther it was zim,kenya,bangladesh,scotland, canada. irish will deserve test recogonization. and must play in BBL.

  • dummy4fb on July 5, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Good old Collingwood forever

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