Cameron Boyce, the former Australian legspinner, has left Hobart Hurricanes to pen a two-season deal with Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, leaving just two roster spots for the franchise to fill, along with two overseas signings to complete their 18-man squad.
Boyce, who follows all-rounder Dan Christian in joining the Renegades from the Hurricanes, represented the Hobart franchise for the last five seasons, and picked up six wickets last season after ending up as their most economical frontline bowler (7.88 RPO) before being dropped for the semifinal and final. Overall, he is BBL’s equal sixth-highest wicket-taker with 49 wickets in 46 games with an economy rate of 8.21.
“I’m really excited about joining the Renegades for the next two seasons,” Boyce saidon Friday(June 8), who joins Jon Holland and Mohammad Nabi – who is expected to re-sign with the franchise – to form a part of the spin troika. “There is a lot of talent in the squad and on the back of the semi-final appearance last season, I’m really optimistic about our prospects over the coming years.
“On a personal level, it will be great to challenge myself in a new environment in Melbourne and I’m also looking forward to playing at Etihad Stadium where spin has been a really effective weapon.”
Boyce joins the likes of Christian, Zak Evans, Will Sutherland and Mackenzie Harvey in joining the Renegades in recent weeks, while having lost out on the services of paceman James Pattinson, who moved to Brisbane Heat, Matt Short, who was drafted to the Adelaide Strikers and the retired Brad Hodge. In addition, Dwayne Bravo is also set to cross over to the Melbourne Stars.
The 28-year-old Queenslander, who lost his Tasmanian Tigers contract earlier in the year, played seven T20Is for Australia between 2014 and 2016. He had previously also represented the Adelaide Strikers.
“Cameron has a lot of cricket under his belt and has had a taste of international cricket, but at 28 years of age we feel he’s just coming into his best years,” Andrew McDonald, the Renegades coach said. “From a team balance perspective Cameron gives us a wrist-spinning option that will complement our attack really well and also another option to use through those middle overs where spin can play such an important role.”
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