Andre Russell signed a short-term contract with the Melbourne Renegades and will play in the Big Bash again this year.
With over a dozen franchises worldwide, the 34-year-old is one of cricket’s most captivating and mysterious T20 players.
Russell played with the Renegades in BBL|04 before moving on to the Sydney Thunder (2015–2017) and Melbourne Stars (2021). This summer, he will make a brief comeback to the team for a four-game spell.
Russell expressed excitement about returning to the Big Bash League this summer.
“I’m thrilled to be back in red and will do all in my power to support the Melbourne Renegades as they kick off the competition.
“I enjoy playing in Australia, and I can’t wait to see all the Renegades supporters in Geelong and at Marvel Stadium.”
Russell, who was originally passed over for the first BBL Draft, will start the competition in place of Liam Livingstone because the English star is abroad on international duty. The general manager of the Renegades, James Rosengarten, thinks “Dre Russ” will significantly improve the team both on and off the field.
The team’s members, supporters, and the larger Victorian cricket community will be keen to see him and the squad play this season.
“Throughout the selection process, we had fruitful conversations with Andre and were eager to keep working to get him back in red. After the draught, Liam’s availability changed, and we seized the chance to include Andre in our team.
Andre’s playing style draws crowds in, so it’s great that he’ll be available for one home game each at Marvel Stadium and GMHBA Stadium.
We are confident that the Renegades’ members, supporters, and the larger Victorian cricket community will be excited to see him and the club play this year.