England all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed up to play in the second half of this year’s Big Bash league for the Melbourne Renegades, as a replacement for the injured Jesse Ryder.
Stokes, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, after a disappointing tour in Sri Lanka, will join up with the Renegades imminently and his first game will be against the Hobart Hurricanes on 7th January.
On Stokes’ arrival, the Melbourne outfit’s head coach, Simon Helmet said: "Ben is a quality player and was recognised by many as one the shining lights during England's difficult tour of Australia last year, he brings international experience and a real energy and will be a great asset to both our bowling stocks and batting line up.”
Ryder, who will also not be at the World Cup, having been left out by New Zealand, has cited a back injury as his reason for withdrawing from the tournament, having not been played competitive cricket since 13th November.
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The Renegades currently sit 6th in the Big Bash table and still have a good chance of qualifying for the next round. They face city rivals, the Melbourne Stars in their next game on 3rd January with West Indian star Andre Russell playing in his last game before he joins up with his national side.