Exciting Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder has joined the Melbourne Renegades.
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will make his first appearance in the Big Bash League after he signed with the Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming Australian summer.
Ryder joins an impressive top order which already includes Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade, Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper and Ben Rohrer.
His domestic T20 strike of 145 compliments his scoring rate at international level of 127.65 per 100 balls, meaning Renegades fans should see plenty of excitement from the flamboyant Kiwi.
The 29-year-old has been granted leave by his domestic club in New Zealand, Otago Volts, to play with the Renegades.
“Respect and appreciation to Otago cricket for their flexibility,” Ryder said.
“I’m stoked and grateful to be taking part in one of the best T20 competitions in the world.
“The Renegades have some class players so I’m looking forward to contributing.”
Renegades coach Simon Helmet credited Tom Moody in being instrumental in helping bring Ryder to the BBL.
“Tom certainly noted Jesse early as a big hitter and we respect his views as our Director of Cricket,” Helmot said.
“He had no hesitation in nominating Jesse as a ‘must have’ for the Renegades and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Renegades this summer.
“We have a lot of faith in Jesse and I’m sure he’ll quickly become a favourite with his big hitting in BBL 04.”
Ryder becomes the Renegades’ third signing in the BBL04 contract window after ex-Melbourne Stars wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and former Adelaide Strikers batsman Callum Ferguson joined the squad.