Marsh key BBL get for Renegades: Klinger

Melissa Woods
Scorchers veteran Shaun Marsh has reunited with former opening partner Michael Klinger in the BBL

Newly-appointed coach Michael Klinger welcomes the addition of his former opening partner Shaun Marsh to the Melbourne Renegades as they look to claim successive BBL titles.

Marsh will suit up for the champions after leaving Perth while Klinger has replaced coach Andrew McDonald after he moved on to an assistant role with the Australian cricket side.

The pair played together for six years at the Scorchers before Klinger's retirement early this year as the the BBL's highest run-scorer.

Marsh, 36, on Tuesday steered Western Australia to the one-day domestic title win over Queensland with an unbeaten 109.

"He messaged me after he got his 100 as he hadn't seen the news," Klinger said on Wednesday.

"SOS (Marsh) is in fantastic form and I think coming to a new team, knowing that he's most likely not going to be involved in Australian selection for the summer ... he's never had a Big Bash when he's been available for the whole season and I think he will flourish in those circumstances."

Despite the Renegades claiming the 2018-19 crown with a thrilling victory over Melbourne Stars, Klinger said the injection of fresh blood was necessary.

"Introducing a couple of new players to a squad is important, even to a team that won it last year," he said.

"Shaun is a star player and to get any player of his calibre into your team is only going to help."

Klinger, who was originally slated to be the Stars batting coach before being offered the Renegades top job, said they had firmed up their local list with the international contingent to be decided this week.

Renegades skipper Aaron Finch was on the selection panel to appoint the new coach and said he couldn't help but be impressed by Klinger, and in particular his record with England county side Gloucestershire.

For the past seven years, Klinger has captained the club in England's domestic T20 competition, and also helped them break an 11-year trophy drought in 2015 to win the Royal London One-Day Cup.

"What really won everyone over was the experience 'Maxy' has had a Gloucestershire," Finch said.

"He's sort of run their T20 program and then to ultimately take a side that on paper wasn't the highest-profile to continually make the finals ... I think his experience in that regard shone through."