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Big Bash: What can Joe Clarke add to the Melbourne Renegades?

Melbourne Renegades have added Joe Clarke to their ranks for the new Big Bash League campaign and will be hoping he can help them to their second title.

The Renegades were crowned BBL Champions in the 2018/19 campaign, but there have been plenty of lean years around that success.

They did not make finals in the three subsequent seasons, picking up three wooden spoons in the process, but showed signs of recovery last season when finishing third.

The 2023/24 campaign also has the potential to be a big one following the capture of Clarke, Quinton de Kock and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

All three signings are great additions to the Renegades ranks, but let’s take a closer look at what Clarke will offer.

T20 cricket experience

Joe Clarke has plenty of experience when it comes to T20 cricket and has played in 173 T20 matches in his career so far.

The 27-year-old has played 170 innings, scoring a total of 4349 runs at an average of 27.35.

His highest score in T20 cricket is 136 runs and he has chipped in with four centuries and 27 half-centuries.

It is fair to say that the Renegades will be getting a cricketer who knows how to put runs on the board and will add strength and quality to their side.

Big Bash League experienced

Clarke has played T20 cricket all over the globe and is no stranger to the Big Bash League, having represented both Perth Scorchers and arch rivals Melbourne Stars.

His spell with the Scorchers in 2020/21 was brief, but he really came into his own during his two seasons with the Stars.

Clarke played a massive role in the Stars side when scoring 800 runs, averaging 30.76 during his time with them.

It shows that Clarke can thrive in Australian conditions and if he can repeat that form with the Renegades, they will be delighted.

Wicket-keeper batsman

Clarke is of course a wicket-keeper batsman, which is going to come in very handy for the Renegades throughout the campaign.

Fellow new recruit Quinton de Kock will take the gloves at the start of the BBL campaign, but the South African will leave midway through it.

At that point, Clarke will take over as a more than adequate replacement.

Clarke himself will leave the Renegades to play ILT20, missing the end of the BBL season, but at least it gives the franchise time to find a replacement.

For now the Renegades are well covered with De Kock and Clarke, who will also open the batting together.

Renegades land the perfect fit

The Renegades have spoken of their delight to get Clarke on board for the BBL season ahead, describing him as the perfect fit.

Clarke is an attacking player that will complement the rest of the Renegades top order very nicely indeed.

The Renegades are priced at 10.00 to win Big Bash 2023/24, and with Clarke on board, they will be feeling bullish about their chances.

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