The Melbourne Renegades most successful batsman and vice captain, Aaron Finch, has re-signed with the team on a three-year deal.
Finch was the leading run-getter for Renegades in the first KFC T20 Big Bash League with 259 runs from seven digs, including a highest score of 72, an average of 37 and a strike rate of 137.
Finch said he was delighted to be back on board with the team and looked forward to working with coach Simon Helmot during the next three years.
“The organisation was run really well, the wicket at Etihad Stadium was good, the crowds supported us and it’s unbelievable to play under the roof,” Finch said.
“I had some success personally last year, which was nice, but now I’m really looking forward to helping the team climb up the ladder a little bit and challenge for the title.”
Finch said the home ground support at Etihad Stadium was considered a significant advantage by the Renegades squad.
“They call it a home ground advantage for a reason and I think the way the fans got behind us last year was unbelievable. We were up against it as a new team and they supported us on the back of nothing basically,” Finch said.
“For our supporters to be able to do that was a fantastic confidence boost for us, for the organisation and I think it can only grow from there.
“Back at the home of the Renegades at Etihad Stadium, the derby is going to be a brilliant spectacle and there will be some big name players from our side really turning it on. It’s something I can’t wait for and there definitely won’t be a wash-out this time.”
Melbourne Renegades coach Simon Helmot described Finch as a versatile batsman who could be a devastating presence at the top of the order.
“That’s where Aaron’s been a critical member for the Renegades last season – at the top of the order,” Helmot said.
“He is versatile and actually made his highest score batting at three for us [instead of opening]. It shows he can bat in a couple of different positions but his momentum at the start of the innings is certainly important if we’re going to be successful in the second year of the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
“Aaron’s also a more experienced player now than he was in BBL 01. He’s represented his country in the T20 format and we’re very pleased that he’s again signed with the Melbourne Renegades for an extended period of time.”