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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has ended his association with the Melbourne Renegades and signed with their crosstown rivals, the Melbourne Stars.
Bravo, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, revealed that the decision to switch teams for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) stems from his relationship with Stars head coach Stephen Fleming.
Fleming and Bravo have also worked together in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Bravo plays for the Chennai Super Kings, who are coached by Fleming.
“I’ve worked with Stephen Fleming before, he’s a great coach and I’m sure we can do great things together at the Stars,” Bravo was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “The MCG is where it all started for me in Australia and I can’t wait to call it home over summer.”
Fleming added: “I’ve worked with Dwayne for a number of years in the IPL and have always thought he’d be a great addition to the Stars dressing room. He’s obviously got his flamboyant side, which is great entertainment for the crowd and can really lift the energy on-field, but it’s his attacking style with both the bat and ball that can turn a game.
“We have a lot of brilliant young players coming through at the Stars and balancing that we’re bringing in one of the most experienced T20 players in the world.”
In the 2017/18 BBL, Bravo scored 100 runs in 11 matches for the Renegades at an average of 20. He also took 18 wickets at an average of 20.16.