Nic Maddinson will lead the Melbourne Renegades in BBL 21-22 after a long-time as skipper Aaron Finch chose to step down and be a senior mentor to the squad.
Maddinson is yet to play a game for Renegades after shifting his base from Melbourne Stars during the off-season. Renegades is the third BBL franchise he will be a part of after starting his career at Sydney Sixers. He has captained both the Sixers and the Stars, leading as a stand-in skipper in 8 BBL matches. In his first-class career, he has also led New South Wales 6 times in the Sheffield Shield.
Finch, who has captained Renegades since 2012-13 and led the team to a BBL title in 2018-19, stepped down after a talk with new coach David Saker.
“That was a really easy one, to be honest,” Finch said . “It was a chat I had with Sakes, probably two months, six weeks ago about I think just having a young family and I guess captaining every game that you play around the world.
“It does take its toll and probably doesn’t allow you enough time at times to be able to work on your own game as much as you would like and I suppose in the Big Bash we’ve got a really young squad at the Renegades and I think to have the opportunity to work with the young players a bit closer as just as a player and not have your focus taken away from just helping them out as much as you can by meetings and strategy meetings and things like that, I think it will be really important.
“Hopefully I can be a really important part of the transition with Maddo as captain as well. I think I wouldn’t like to leave the Renegades, say I play for two more years and I just captain right to the end of that and there’s been no real succession plan, I think that would be a bit unfair. So hopefully I can still have an impact with Maddo and sort of help him if need be.”
Maddinson appreciated the fact that Finch will still be a part of the system as his experience will guide the team in tough situations.
“It’s a huge honour and a challenge I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great group of players with some young guys mixed in with experienced players,” Maddinson said.
“Taking over from someone like ‘Finchy’ is a huge task but having him around to help out and be that experienced head will be a great plus for me.”
Maddinson is unlikely to be available for Renegades’ first three fixtures given he will almost certainly be a part of Australia A against England Lions in a four-day game in Brisbane starting on December 9. Renegades will also miss Marcus Harris due to Test duty while veteran Shaun Marsh will be out of the BBL for a long time owing to his calf tear during Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield game with Queensland last week.
Finch might also not be match-fit for the first match of the tournament as his surgically repaired knee is yet to recover fully.
“I pushed the rehab really hard and probably paid the price for it a little bit throughout the tournament,” Finch said. “Maybe a little bit more time off at the moment to just make sure I get that right.
“I’ll wait and see over the next couple of weeks and not sure when our first game is for the Renegades [against] Adelaide but we’ll wait to see if I’m right.”
Renegades’ first match is scheduled for December 7 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
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