Tammy Beaumont, the England top-order batter, has been signed by Melbourne Renegades as a replacement player for the upcoming fifth season of the Women’s Big Bash League. The right-hander will fill the spot left by Amy Satterthwaite, New Zealand international and former Renegades captain, who recently announced her pregnancy.
Beaumont had previously represented Adelaide Strikers during the second and third editions of the tournament. She was a part of England’s Ashes squad and scored 114 against Australia in the second ODI
of the multi-format series.
“I’m thrilled to be heading back to the Big Bash. I’ve played against a lot of the talent in the Renegades line-up so it’ll be nice to be playing alongside them this time,” Beaumont said. “The Renegades are a side on the rise and the Big Bash is such a tough competition so I’m looking forward to testing myself against some of the best players in the world.”
The 28-year-old, who was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2019, was part of England’s 2017 One-Day World Cup winning squad. She has amassed 2259 in 68 ODIs and 1148 in 72 T20Is for her national side.
Beaumont, joins England teammate Danielle Wyatt and Lea Tahuhu as the club’s third overseas signing. Renegades also secured former Melbourne Stars all-rounder Makinley Blows, ex-Sydney Sixers bowler Carly Leeson and Victorian squad member Courtney Neale, while Erica Kershaw and Courtney Webb have re-committed to the club.
The addition of Beaumont, Leeson, Neale, Kershaw, Webb and Blows completes the Renegades squad. The club will be hoping to improve on their performances this time around having reached the semi-final stage in the last season.
“We’re happy with how our roster has come together for the season ahead. We’re excited to bring some fresh faces into the squad and set ourselves up to up to be challengers for the title this season,” Tim Coyle, Renegades coach, said.
“Tammy has made a real impact on international cricket and we’re pleased to have her on board. While Amy Satterthwaite won’t be available to play, we’ll still benefit from her knowledge in our coaching and preparation,” he added.
Renegades will open their campaign against Adelaide Strikers on October 19.
Squad: Tammy Beaumont (ENG), Makinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux, Courtney Neale, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (NZ), Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt (ENG).