Melbourne Renegades: Ian Bell joins ranks for BBL|13

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The Melbourne Renegades have finalised its coaching panel ahead of KFC BBL|13 with international experience joining the ranks.

English Cricket legend Ian Bell will wear red this season, bringing a wealth of experience to David Saker’s coaching group including 287 games with England across all formats in a distinguished career spanning more than a decade.

After retiring from all levels at the end of 2020, Bell has plied his craft as coach with stints with England Under-19s, Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred and Chennai Braves in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.

Most recently, Bell joined New Zealand for their white ball series against England and Bangladesh ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten said Bell’s appointment is a big coup for the club.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Bell’s caliber at the Renegades,” Mr. Rosengarten said.

“His experience at international and domestic level speaks for itself; he offers that fresh voice and expertise every club needs to succeed in the Big Bash.

“He’ll be a great fit and we can’t wait for what he’s going to bring in BBL|13.”

Bell is no stranger to the BBL, having enjoyed stints as a player in the championship-winning Perth Scorchers in 2016/17 before returning five seasons later as an assistant coach at the Hobart Hurricanes.

Bell’s appointment is final piece of the puzzle for the Melbourne Renegades’ coaching setup, with Saker to lead the team for third consecutive season.

Established Victorian batter Lloyd Mash remains in his post as assistant, while former Renegades pacemen and Cricket Victoria’s own Matthew Gale rounds out the coaching group for BBL|13.

The Melbourne Renegades open their BBL|13 account at the SCG against the Sydney Sixers on December 8.

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