Paul Collingwood joins Perth Scorchers
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