Dwayne Bravo switches from Renegades to join Melbourne Stars
Dwayne Bravo (Getty Image)

Former West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has switched to Melbourne Stars from rivals Melbourne Renegades ahead of the 2018-18 Big Bash League. The charismatic allrounder, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, will be available to play the full season with the Stars, where he will reunite with Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming.

“It’s almost Big Bash time again and I’m very excited to be representing the Melbourne Stars,” Bravo said. “I’ve worked with Stephen Fleming before, he’s a great coach and I’m sure we can do great things together at the Stars.

“The MCG is where it all started for me in Australia and I can’t wait to call it home over the summer. I want all the fans to come down and support Team Green on New Year’s Day when we take on my old team in Melbourne Derby.”

Last season, the Stars took the wooden spoon, having registered just two wins from 10 matches and Bravo’s addition surely comes as a booster ahead of the tournament that starts from December 19. In the last eight editions, the Stars have made the semi-finals six times, and finished runner-up in the 2015-16 editions. This season, the influx of young talent, coupled by Bravo’s experience of having played in T20 leagues across the world, Fleming is hopeful of a better show from the Stars.

“I’ve worked with Dwayne for a number of years in the IPL and have always thought he’d be a great addition to the Stars dressing room. He’s obviously got his flamboyant side, which is great entertainment for the crowd and can really lift the energy on-field, but it’s his attacking style with both the bat and ball that can turn a game,” said Fleming.

“Dwayne can be lethal with the ball, plus come in at five or six in the batting order and add some real star power. I think he’s been consistently good in the Big Bash over the years, and last year he was one of the best performers in BBL with the ball taking 18 wickets with best figures of 5-28.

“We have a lot of brilliant young players coming through at the Stars and balancing that we’re bringing in one of the most experienced T20 players in the world. Bravo holds the record for most wickets in T20, has played 410 T20 matches and his leadership, having captained Trinbago to this year’s CPL title, will be a huge asset around the Club.”

The Stars begin their campaign against Sydney Thunders on December 21.