Winless BBL Renegades add allrounder Patel

Jason Phelan
The Renegades have brought former England international Samit Patel into their squad

The Melbourne Renegades are hoping newly-signed international replacement player Samit Patel will bring a change of luck with him as they attempt to kickstart their disastrous BBL season with a win against Perth Scorchers.

Patel, an allrounder who has represented England, replaces hamstrung quick Harry Gurney and has been named in the squad to take on the Scorchers at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium on Tuesday night.

The clash will pit two surprise strugglers against each other in a contest that could help determine this season's wooden spoon.

The defending champion Renegades are winless and last after six games, while the Scorchers are sitting in seventh place with two victories.

After making the finals and winning three BBL titles in their first seven seasons, Perth finished bottom of the table last season, but were widely expected to bounce back.

Patel, 35, has played in all three formats for England with his last international appearance a Test against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2015.

He played county cricket for Glamorgan in 2019, with his last T20 appearance coming with Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League last November.

The Renegades were sent scrambling for a replacement for Gurney when the English paceman suffered a hamstring strain in a loss to Adelaide Strikers, which will sideline him for about three weeks.

In a further blow to the reigning champions, skipper Aaron Finch and paceman Kane Richardson will depart for international duties after Tuesday night's game.

In the last meeting between the sides just before Christmas, former Scorcher Shaun Marsh made an impressive 55, but his brother Mitch belted an unbeaten 56 from 22 balls to propel his team to an 11-run win.