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Stars poach Hodge and Maxwell from Renegades

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 12, 2012

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Brad Hodge made an unbeaten 72, Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers, BBL, Docklands, January 2, 2012
Brad Hodge will be playing in the green of Melbourne Stars next season, not the red of the Renegades © Getty Images
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Melbourne Stars have poached two key players from their cross-town rivals Melbourne Renegades, signing multi-year deals with Brad Hodge and Glenn Maxwell. The defections are a major blow for the Renegades, who finished second last on the Big Bash League table last summer and could yet lose their captain Andrew McDonald, who is believed to be considering a change of teams.

Thursday was a day of big moves in the contract window, as Perth Scorchers confirmed they had signed Pat Cummins, who last year was contracted by Sydney Sixers. The Cummins move had been revealed earlier in the week by the Sixers general manager Stuart Clark, and the Scorchers made the deal official on Thursday, also adding Mitchell Marsh to their group.

"There is going to be nothing subtle about our game plan. It will be based around pure aggression, and Pat and Mitch embody everything about that," Lachlan Stevens, the Scorchers coach, said. "Pat is the most exciting talent in Australian cricket. We want batsmen who play with intent and pacemen who bowl fast, and Pat certainly ticks the second box."

In Melbourne, the major move of the day was the Stars attracting Hodge and Maxwell from the Renegades, Hodge for two years and Maxwell for four. The Stars were a stronger performing side than the Renegades last summer, when they finished fourth and narrowly missed a place in the final.

Their stocks will be boosted by the addition of Hodge, 37, who no longer plays first-class or one-day cricket and is second only to David Hussey on the all-time run tally in Twenty20s. Maxwell, 23, is a powerful striker of the ball and has scored 178 runs at 59.33 and a strike rate of 178 for Hampshire in the county Twenty20 competition this year.

Hodge said the chance to finish his career at the MCG, where the Stars are based, instead of at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne's Docklands, was a key factor in his decision.

"For me it just felt right to return to the MCG and probably finish off my career here," Hodge told reporters in Melbourne. "A lot of my fans are from the MCG, I am a Melbourne Cricket Club member, I am a Melbourne footy club supporter, so for me everything in my sporting life happens here. It is where I have played and it has been my second home for 17 years."

Ian Chappell, the Stars chairman of selectors, said: "Brad has been a very successful and popular player for Victoria throughout his career and we're looking forward to him being a stable influence on the Stars batting line-up. Glenn is a dynamic player, capable of influencing matches in a number of different ways. He's the type of player who can energise a team and our fans."

In other signings on Thursday, the England batsman Owais Shah confirmed he would again play for Hobart Hurricanes, after he was the fourth-leading run scorer in the tournament last season. Shah, 33, who has not played for his country in nearly three years, signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes, who have also gained Ben Dunk from Sydney Thunder and re-signed fast bowler Michael Hogan.

"It was disappointing to fall in the semi-finals but I can't question the professionalism of the squad and coaching staff at the Hobart Hurricanes," Shah said. "I loved living in Hobart with my family and when the time came to decide I really had no hesitation in committing to the Hurricanes again.

"I think there's a strong feeling of unfinished business within the squad and I'm looking forward to getting back among the boys and preparing as best we can for the next campaign."

In other signings, the allrounder Daniel Christian agreed to a three-year deal with Brisbane Heat, his team from last summer, while the fast bowlers Kane Richardson and Gary Putland committed to the Adelaide Strikers.

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Posted by Mervo on (July 12, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Yawn ..... not that stupid slog game that is ruining the quality of our Test players. Cricket for non-cricket lovers ...

Posted by Meety on (July 12, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Clarification - the picture has now changed from the photo that DHussey & Wade celebrating Hodges dismissal, but the batsmen was the non-striker Maxwell!

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 12, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

So, Australia moving over India.. Players playing BBL in midst of test series.. Switches in BBL in time of crisis like situation for the main team.. even though it is lesser, money and entertainment take more preference there too..

Posted by Meety on (July 12, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

umm. then again maybe it is! Thought it was Maxwell.

Posted by Meety on (July 12, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

I 'spose Dunk signing was almost a given, since he is on a Shield contract. I wasn't aware Ian Chappell was involved with the Stars. == == == Also the file pic says that Hodge is on the left! I don't see Hodgey anywhere, he ain't batting & he certainly ain't bowling, & is definately not the Keeper! Ooops!

Posted by skkh on (July 12, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Fantastic. The 4-0 loss against the poms is already forgotten and we are going the Indian way. This twenty20 is a huge reason why our cricket team is getting to be an embarrassment. The few that prefer to play cricket are concentrating on this rubbish format. Looks as though we are going to have mediocre cricketers for a prolonged time given CA stand promoting the twenty20 format.

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