Australia Test gloveman Peter Nevill will be back in red after re-signing with the Melbourne Renegades for this summer’s KFC Big Bash League.
The 31-year-old returns to the side he’s played for since the BBL’s introduction in 2011 but will again contend for a spot in the Renegades’ XI with Australia one-day international wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
“The BBL is a really exciting time of the year and I’m glad to continue in red with the Renegades this season,” Nevill said.
“I’m looking forward to working with new coach Andrew McDonald and getting the team the results on the field.”
Wade, generally regarded as a more explosive batsman than Nevill, is Australia’s first-choice ‘keeper in ODIs and scored 114 runs at 28.50 in Australia’s 50-over series whitewash against South Africa.
But Nevill was a surprise selection in Australia’s squad for the World Twenty20 in India earlier this year, with national selectors citing his superior glovework as the reason for his inclusion over Wade for the tournament.
Nevill held onto the gloves for their two-T20 International series against Sri Lanka in September, though Wade played the second match as a specialist batsman.
With at least one of the pair likely to be with the national team at any time during BBL|06, the Renegades should have one of the glovemen available for most of the competition.
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“I’m pleased Peter will be joining us again this summer,” said McDonald, who replaced David Saker as Renegades coach after Saker took an assistant coaching role with the national side. “He is an experienced player and has now been part of the Renegades setup for five seasons.
“We’re obviously expecting him to represent Australia over the summer and both he and Matthew Wade will be putting their hands up for national selection.
“We’ll manage our wicketkeeping role around the selection decisions that are made in the weeks and months to come.”
Nevill played the final three matches for the Renegades in BBL|05 after returning from Test duties, while Wade stood behind the stumps for their first five games.
The club has also appointed former England player Dimitri Mascarenhas as the club’s new bowling coach.