“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Melbourne Renegades,” Lyon said in a statement shared by the club. “(Marvel Stadium is) a place where I enjoy bowling, it tends to spin a little bit. I’m looking forward to hopefully joining up with ‘Zamps’ in a really good partnership and putting a show on for the Renegades fans.
“I’ve got some really good friends who are part of the Melbourne Renegades, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to come down. There’s a good group of senior players there who I’ve played a lot of cricket with internationally and also domestically, then you look at the younger guys throughout the roster – it’s a pretty powerful squad in my eyes.”
The Renegades will be Lyon’s third team in the Big Bash League, having started with Adelaide Strikers before finding home in the pink of Sydney Sixers. With BBL seasons often overlapping Australia’s Test commitments, Lyon has only played 38 matches in the competition so far and picked up 44 wickets.
“It’s fantastic to have a player and person of Nathan’s calibre joining the Melbourne Renegades.,” James Rosengarten, Melbourne Renegades General Manager, said. “Nathan’s success over a sustained period at the highest level of the game speaks for itself, and he will be an incredible asset to our group with his skills and experience.
“Being able to add two world-class spinners in Nathan and Adam to our squad for the next couple of years is a significant step in that process, one which we’re confident will help to set us up for success over the coming seasons.”
Renegades start their BBL 13 campaign on December 8 against Lyon’s former side, Sydney Sixers, before taking on Perth Scorchers at home on December 13.
Renegades squad so far: Nic Maddinson (capt), Aaron Finch, Mackenzie Harvey, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Adam Zampa