Andre Russell will return to the Big Bash this season, signing a short-term deal with the Melbourne Renegades.
The 34-year-old is one of the most exciting and enigmatic T20 players in world cricket, playing for over a dozen franchises across the globe.
Russell previously played for the Renegades in BBL|04, before playing for the Sydney Thunder (2015-2017) and Melbourne Stars (2021), and will return to the franchise for a four-game stint this summer.
“I can’t wait to be part of the Big Bash League again this summer,” Russell said.
“I’m excited to be back in red and will be doing everything I can to help the Melbourne Renegades start the tournament with a bang.
“I love playing in Australia and I’m looking forward to seeing all the Renegades fans turn out at Marvel Stadium and in Geelong.”
— Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) November 3, 2022
Russell was originally overlooked for the inaugural BBL Draft, but will replace Liam Livingstone for the start of the tournament, with the English star away on international duties.
Renegades general manager James Rosengarten believes ‘Dre Russ’ will add plenty to the side both on and off the field.
“We are thrilled to have Andre Russell returning to the Renegades this summer,”
“Andre is one of the best T20 players in the world; he’s a proven match-winner and exactly the type of player we need. He adds to our team in all three facets of the game – his ability to clear the boundary, take wickets and make things happen in the field.
“We had positive discussions with Andre throughout the draft process and were always keen to try to get him back in red. With Liam’s availability changing after the draft, there was an opportunity to add Andre to our group and we jumped at it.
“Andre pulls people through the gates with the way he plays and to have him available for one home game apiece at Marvel Stadium and GMHBA Stadium is fantastic.
“We know our Renegades members, fans and the wider Victorian cricket community will be eager to come and watch him and the team in action this season.”