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Marlon Samuels signs for Melbourne Renegades

Samuels is fresh from a successful World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where he finished the overall third-highest run-scorer with 230 runs with three fifties at a strike-rate of 132.94. His game-changing 78 off 56 balls in the final helped set up West Indies’ title win.

Renegades coach Simon Helmot said Samuels will be a welcome addition to the top of the order that includes the openers Aaron Finch and Daniel Harris.

“He’ll provide much-needed firepower at the top of the order and brings a certain X-factor to the team,” Helmot said. “His quality right-arm offies [offspin] and excellent fielding combine to make him a genuine allrounder. Marlon provides a huge boost for the team in all facets of the game and we can’t wait to see him in Renegade red this summer.”

The Renegades had a forgettable opening season in the BBL last year, losing five matches and finishing second from bottom. The club had signed the fast bowler Brendan Drew last month, from Adelaide Strikers.

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