Stokes replaces Ryder for the Renegades


England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been added to the Melbourne Renegades' roster for the rest of the Big Bash League, replacing injured New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder.

Stokes will play for the remained of the event Down Under, after Ryder was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. Stokes is set to make his debut on 7 January.

Stokes told the Renegades' official website: "I'm excited about coming down to Melbourne for the second half of the Big Bash season to play for the Renegades.

"It was great to see them get their first win on the board last Tuesday and I'm looking forward to the upcoming matches so we can build on that result and hopefully drive the team towards finals success."

Head Coach Simon Helmot added: "Obviously we wish Jesse well in his recovery from his back injury and hope we get the chance to see him in red in the summers to come.

"Ben is a quality player and was recognised by many as one the shining lights during England's difficult tour of Australia last year.

"He brings international experience and a real energy and will be a great asset to both our bowling stocks and batting line up."