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New Zealand great Martin Guptill signs with Melbourne Renegades for BBL|12

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Black Caps great Martin Guptill will head to the Big Bash this season, signing a deal with the Melbourne Renegades.

The 36-year-old was released from his New Zealand contract this week, leading to speculation he could be bound for the Australian T20 tournament, which begins in December.

Guptill has amassed just shy of 11,000 runs across both white-ball formats for New Zealand, and will head to the Renegades as a replacement for short-term import Andre Russell.

“I’m excited to be joining the Renegades and am looking forward to being part of the Big Bash this season,” he said. 

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“This is a new challenge for me and it will be nice to call Melbourne home for the summer. I’ll be trying to make as many runs as I can to help drive the Renegades back up the ladder and push for team success.

“I’ve crossed paths with a few of the guys over the years on the international circuit and know this will be a great team environment to be part of.

“I can’t wait to join up with the team after Christmas and play in front of plenty of Renegades fans at Marvel Stadium and in Geelong.”

Guptill will join the likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Nic Maddinson in the top-order for the Renegades, who finished last in BBL|11 with just three wins from 14 games.

Renegades general manager James Rosengarten expects the experienced right-hander to make an impact in the Big Bash. 

“We’re delighted to have a player of Martin’s calibre joining the Renegades and we’re excited that he has chosen to play for our club,” he said. 

“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 group and look forward to seeing what he can produce in red. Signing Martin and Andre over the past month has been a great outcome for our club. 

“With Andre playing the first four matches and Martin joining us from there, we now have a world-class player available for the duration of the tournament which will help give us every chance of success in BBL|12.”

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Renegades BBL|12 squad

*International players

Nic Maddinson (C), Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Martin Guptill*, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Akeal Hosein*, Ruwantha Kellapotha*, Shaun Marsh, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Corey Rocchiccioli, Tom Rogers, Andre Russell*, Will Sutherland, Mujeeb Ur Rahman*, Jon Wells


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