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Will Sutherland joins Melbourne Renegades as rookie player for BBL

The U19 cricketer had become Victoria's youngest List A debutant ever earlier this season in the JLT One-Day Cup.

Will Sutherland
Will Sutherland.. (Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Young all-rounder Will Sutherland is all set to be a part of the BBL roster this season. Sutherland, who is the son of the Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland, has been signed by the Melbourne Renegades as their rookie player for the season. Interestingly, Will had chosen cricket over an AFL career earlier this year.

Also, the U19 cricketer had become Victoria’s youngest List A debutant ever earlier this season in the JLT One-Day Cup. In his very second match against the New South Wales, he had come up with a match winning figures of 4/11.

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Meanwhile, his 16-year old sister, Annabel, has been signed by the Melbourne Stars for the Women’s BBL. Will expressed his happiness with the new opportunity that has beckoned his way. Also, he expressed his excitement to play alongside the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch.

“I’m really excited to be on board with the Renegades this season – it will be my first taste of the BBL as a player. The opportunity to learn from the likes of Aaron Finch, Brad Hodge, Dwayne Bravo and Brad Hogg is something I’m really looking forward to,” quoted Will Sutherland.

“T20 cricket tests every part of your game so I’m excited about working closely with some of the best players in the world to achieve success with the Renegades and develop my own skills along the way,” he added further.

Coach happy with the new signing

Meanwhile, Andrew McDonald, the head coach of the franchise, also expressed his satisfaction over the new signing. He noted that the team management will give provide support to the youngster in every way possible. Considering the all-round ability of Will Sutherland, McDonald feels that he will be a good addition to the Renegades roster.

“Will is an exciting prospect for us and we’ll give him every opportunity around his under 19 commitments to push for a spot in the starting XI this season. There will be some strong competition for spots, but Will provides a versatile option given his ability with bat and ball. He’ll get a lot out of being around the squad and he’s certainly going to provide some excitement for Renegades fans in the years to come,” quoted Andrew McDonald.

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