Australia news July 16, 2012

McDonald leaves Renegades, Stars lose Bailey

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Melbourne Renegades have lost their captain Andrew McDonald to the Adelaide Strikers and the national T20 skipper George Bailey has moved from the Melbourne Stars to the Hobart Hurricanes. The eight Big Bash League teams have until this Friday to sign the majority of their players and most sides were active on Monday, when Phillip Hughes and Nathan Rimmington also changed teams.

Rimmington has moved from the Perth Scorchers to the Renegades, while Hughes has not surprisingly switched from the Sydney Thunder to the Strikers, after he signed with South Australia in the longer formats. He will be joined in Adelaide by the allrounder McDonald, who said he was excited to be working with the Strikers coach Darren Berry.

"While it was a big decision to leave the Renegades, I think the structure and plans that Chuck Berry has for the Strikers this summer are really impressive, and I'm really excited about coming over," McDonald said. "I've always enjoyed playing at Adelaide Oval, and I know a lot of the guys in the team, so this was an opportunity I wanted to commit to."

Bailey has also departed from Melbourne, leaving the MCG-based stars to play for the Hurricanes, an understandable manoeuvre given his status as captain of Tasmania. "I really like the way the Hurricanes line-up is coming together and I hope the team can go a step further than last season's semi-final," Bailey said.

In other deals on Monday, Michael Klinger re-signed with the Strikers, Ben Laughlin with the Hurricanes and the fast bowler Ben Edmondson joined the Scorchers. The Perth side also signed Joe Mennie, Tim Armstrong, Jason Behrendorff and Ashton Agar.

The Thunder named their first players for this season, with Sean Abbott, Scott Coyte, his brother Adam Coyte, Luke Doran and Gurinder Sandhu all signing up.

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  • Andrew on July 18, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @RahulF - toasted! @LewisEdwards - I don't agree with the way you have made your point, anyone can support Hughes, does not mean that they are pushing him for a return to the Test team, (which is what your arguements are in reality based on). There is no reason to suggest he wouldn't do well in the shorter forms. I do agree that he needs time in FC cricket to get himself back in order. In regards - "..failures twice against the POMs and only 6 months back he failed misreably against the Kiwis.." in between that he scored a crucial 88 in our away win against the Saffas & a got a ton against the Sri Lankans away from home. RahulF's comment in the context he made it, has absolutely ZERO weight or credibility. Hughes has been smashing it ALL 3 formats in England - so it is more than just a "...couple of runs in the 20 20 format..."

  • Allan on July 17, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Anyone supporting Hughes is obviously not an Aussie fan, if you are then have you forgotten his failures twice against the POMs and only 6 months back he failed misreably against the Kiwis, and now suddenly you are singing his praises because he got a couple of runs in the 20 20 format, give me a break, it takes a good 2-3 solid siheld seasons before you guys should pump up Hughes, this is precisely the reason we Aussies are losing to the POMs, we start talking up a guy even though he has failed misreably in the past. RahulF is on the mark.

  • Shane on July 17, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @RauhlF - you really enjoy just making stuff up and posting on here. Hughes has a strong T20 record, though for some reason he has been pigeonholed as 'long form only' by a lot of punters

  • Kristin on July 16, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @RahulF - my friend, your comment has clearly shown that you have failed to do your research. If you have a look at his figures, Hughes was amongst the best batsmen in the English T20 comp. He also has one of the best career records in the Australian T20 competitions, and he and Warner often gave NSW a strong start and was a key to their CLT20 success. Suggest that you have a bit more of a look around the wonderful Cricinfo site and get your facts right first.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Why rejigging players every year. Land of confusion for fans. by the time they get used to the team composition it will be end of the tournament.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @RaauhlF, mate check out his stats for Worcs in the T20 tournament that has just finished. Topped the comp runs scored! He can really get going and would be a good asset to the Aussie ODI team as well.

  • Josh on July 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @RahulF, yes that explains why he is on top of the run chart this year for the English domestic Twenty20 competition....

  • Rahul on July 16, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Macdonald is a good signing, but Hughes is not a good signing for this format. Hopefully Hughes doesnt bail out on the Strikers at the last minute like he did for the Thunder. Hughes is easily contained in shorter forms of cricket, he is a very average leg side player, can't see him being any great revelation in 20/20

  • Andrew on July 16, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    AB Mac is a great signing for the Strikers.

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