Martin Guptill was recently dropped from New Zealand central contracts and will be bringing to the Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming Big Bash League. The 36-year-old played his last ODI against Australia in September and failed to make a T20 cut Globalism Glass. However, the recent Kiwi opener will be available for the entire Big Bash season as he will replace Liam Livingstone for the Melbourne Renegades.
The England cricketer had to withdraw after his surprise inclusion in the Test side for the tour of Pakistan. Guptill will join the Renegades after Andre Russell’s four-game spell at the start of the tournament, and will be available for the next 10 league matches, starting on December 28 against the Sydney Sixers.
Guptill said: “I’m excited to be joining the Renegades and looking forward to being part of the Big Bash this season. This is a new challenge for me and it will be good to be back in Melbourne at home for the summer. I’m going to try to get as many kicks as possible to help push the rebounders back up.” Peace and pressure for team success.
“I have crossed paths with a few guys over the years in the international circuit and I know this will be a great team environment to be a part of. I can’t wait to join the team after Christmas and play in front of so many Renegades fans at Marvel Stadium and Geelong.”
Guptill’s only appearance in the BBL was from a one-off match for Sydney Thunder 10 seasons earlier.
“We are delighted to have a player of Martin’s caliber joining the Renegades and are excited that he has chosen to play for our club,” said James Rosengarten, general manager of the Melbourne Renegades.
Martin’s record over a long period of time in the shortest form of the game for New Zealand and in domestic competitions around the world speaks for itself. We know Martin will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our playing squad and we look forward to seeing what he can produce in the red.
“Signing Martin and Andre over the past month has been a fantastic result for our club. With Andre playing the first four games and Martin joining us from there, we now have a world-class player available for the duration of the Championship who will help give us every chance of success in BBL|12.”
The Rebels kicked off their campaign on December 15 against the Brisbane Heat in Cairns, before hosting the Sydney Thunder at Marvel Stadium on December 18.
Melbourne Rebels (so far): Nick Madinson (centre), Zack Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Martin Guptill*, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Akil Hussain*, Ruwantha Kellaputha*, Sean Marsh, Jack Prestwidge Ken Richardson, Corey Ruciccioli, Tom Rogers, Andre Russell*, Will Sutherland, Mujibur Rahman*, John Wells