Klinger takes over as Renegades BBL coach

Roger Vaughan
Ex-Perth Scorchers star Michael Klinger will coach the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL

Michael Klinger will coach the Melbourne Renegades in their BBL title defence, taking over from Andrew McDonald.

Klinger was appointed from a strong list of candidates that also included England's World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss and former Renegades coach David Saker.

McDonald, who had been in charge at the Renegades since 2016, left at the end of last month to become the new Australian senior assistant coach.

Klinger had an extensive first-class career at Victoria, SA and WA, but the batsman only played three T20s for Australia.

He also played for the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers and is the highest run scorer in BBL history.

Klinger has led the T20 program at English county side Gloucestershire for the last four years and in that time they have made three Blast finals.

He also applied for the Australian selection role that went to George Bailey.

The Renegades job is Klinger's first major off-field appointment in Australian cricket and he called it a fantastic honour.

"I've played with and against a number of players in the squad and I'm looking forward to working alongside such a talented playing group," he said in a team statement.

"Andrew has set up a terrific platform and I'm ready to take that forward this season."

Cricket Victoria operations manager Shaun Graf said Klinger was the standout candidate.

"This was a highly sought-after role and we had candidates from across the globe. We are pleased that we were able to secure a person held in such high esteem," Graf said.

"The qualities that made 'Maxy' such an accomplished player are the qualities that will set him up for an excellent coaching career.

"He's well-prepared, well-structured and an excellent man manager with fantastic leadership experience.