Brendan Drew joins Renegades

The fast bowler Brendan Drew has joined the Melbourne Renegades for this season's Big Bash League. Drew, 28, played with the Adelaide Strikers last summer and has also been a regular player for Tasmania, although he lost his state contract at the end of 2011-12.

"Brendan is a handy T20 bowler and he proved as much with the Strikers last season. He's certainly been a consistent performer in the shortest form of the game at the domestic level," Simon Helmot, the Renegades coach, said. "He's also shown he can handle the willow and has a T20 strike rate of 128 from his 19 games for the Strikers and Tasmania."

The Renegades have now secured 15 players for this season, and they need a further three to complete their list by the end of November.