Michael Klinger, the Big Bash League’s all-time highest run-getter, has been appointed as the head coach of Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming season. He replaces Andrew McDonald, who now serves as the assistant to Justin Langer in the senior men’s national side.
Since the squad will begin their camps from December 17, Klinger will step into his role immediately.
“To be given the opportunity to coach the current BBL champions is, obviously, very humbling and a fantastic honour,” Klinger said of his new role on Tuesday (November 26). “I’ve played with and against a number of players in the squad and I’m looking forward to working alongside such a talented playing group. Andrew has set up a terrific platform and I’m ready to take that forward this season.
“I’ve been fortunate to represent some outstanding organisations throughout my career and the lessons I’ve learned along the way leave me feeling as well prepared as I can be for the challenges that will inevitably emerge throughout the season.”
Klinger, who played 206 T20 matches, scoring 5960 runs at an average of 34.45 and a strike-rate of 123.08, had announced his retirement from the tournament at the end of the last season.
Speaking on Klinger’s appointment, Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria’s general manager of cricket, said, “This was a highly sought-after role and we had candidates from across the globe. We are pleased that we were able to secure a person held in such high esteem.
“The qualities that made ‘Maxy’ such an accomplished player are the qualities that will set him up for an excellent coaching career. He’s well prepared, well structured and an excellent man manager with fantastic leadership experience.”