KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
West Indies hero Marlon Samuels, still riding the waves of a sensational rebirth of his international career, has signed with Melbourne Renegades for the second season of the Big Bash League.
Samuels joins the former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as the Renegades' overseas players for the season.
Renegades coach Simon Helmot said Samuels will be a welcome addition to the top of the order that includes the openers Aaron Finch and Daniel Harris.
"He'll provide much-needed firepower at the top of the order and brings a certain X-factor to the team," Helmot told ESPNcricinfo.
"His quality right-arm offies (offspin) and excellent fielding combine to make him a genuine all-rounder."
Samuels is fresh from a successful World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where he finished the overall third-highest run-scorer with 230 runs, with three fifties at a strike-rate of 132.94.
His game-changing 78 off 56 balls in the final helped set up West Indies' title win.
In fact, Samuels, 31, was the only significant contributor in the West Indies' modest 137-6, before Sri Lanka collapsed under the pressure of the final to be bowled out for 101.
"Marlon provides a huge boost for the team in all facets of the game" said Helmot. "... and we can't wait to see him in Renegade red this summer."
The Renegades had a forgettable opening season in the BBL last year, losing five matches and finishing second from bottom.
The club had signed the fast bowler Brendan Drew last month, from Adelaide Strikers.