Big Bash League 2012-13 October 22, 2012

Marlon Samuels signs for Melbourne Renegades

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has signed with Melbourne Renegades for the second season of the Big Bash League. Samuels joins the former Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan as the Renegades' overseas players for the season.

Samuels is fresh from a successful World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where he finished the overall third-highest run-scorer with 230 runs with three fifties at a strike-rate of 132.94. His game-changing 78 off 56 balls in the final helped set up West Indies' title win.

Renegades coach Simon Helmot said Samuels will be a welcome addition to the top of the order that includes the openers Aaron Finch and Daniel Harris.

"He'll provide much-needed firepower at the top of the order and brings a certain X-factor to the team," Helmot said. "His quality right-arm offies [offspin] and excellent fielding combine to make him a genuine allrounder. Marlon provides a huge boost for the team in all facets of the game and we can't wait to see him in Renegade red this summer."

The Renegades had a forgettable opening season in the BBL last year, losing five matches and finishing second from bottom. The club had signed the fast bowler Brendan Drew last month, from Adelaide Strikers.

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  • Derek on October 24, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    I hope Samuel puts in a good word for his fellow countryman Santokie while he is there. This guys needs a big break.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Congrats to Marlon, hard work pays off.

  • Anver on October 23, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    A solid pick by Renegades.... Samuels is an genuine match winner in any format !!! Hope they will gain max from this winning T20 world cup hero !!!!!

  • Adrian on October 23, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    In great form currently. Will be a real boost to the side.

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    dellboy you mean captaincy affects some players in a good way? check gayle's record as a captain n compare when he wasn't

  • Andrew on October 22, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    "... brings a certain X-factor to the team..." - so Channell 7 has got the cricket rights this year?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @kkk999 Shakib is over-rated he is the no.1 allrounder in the world because most of his matches is against Zimbabwe up against Austraila he is nobody picking him is a waste of a pick

  • Derek on October 22, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Shridharan.S All captains are player but not all players are captains. Certain people's games get affected by extra responsibility ala Gayle, Chanderpaul, Botham, Pieterson and most of all Lara. You do not become a captain 'a captain become you'

  • carl on October 22, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    shahid afridi would bring in the 'x factor' to a side, samuels, as per his t20 world cup 'final' innings, will bring in the 'awesome' factor!

  • kevin on October 22, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    really dissapointing... "SHAKIB" hv the australians heard about him... the no. 1 allrounder in d world he should be picked by a franchisse!!!!!!

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