BBL06 Thisara Perera joins Melbourne Renegades as Bravo replacement

Sri Lanka allrounder Thisara Perera will join the Melbourne Renegades as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo.

Perera, who last month finished a stint in the Bangladeshi Premier League, fills the hole left by allrounder Bravo, who underwent surgery on a severe hamstring tear suffered in the Renegades’ loss to the Scorchers at Etihad Stadium on 29 December.

The 26-year-old allrounder, who played for the Brisbane Heat in BBL02, was part of the Sri Lanka limited-overs squad that played Australia in August.

He was fined by the ICC after unleashing a tirade at Australia vice-captain David Warner when the opener edged behind in the second one-dayer in Colombo.

James Pattinson on comeback trail

Meanwhile, James Pattinson is in line to make his first appearance of BBL06 after recovering from a hamstring injury, named alongside Perera in the Renegades’ 13-man squad to face the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Pattinson has not played top-level cricket since a Test against New Zealand last February.

On Thursday, Renegades coach Andrew McDonald said another Test paceman, Peter Siddle – who is also on the comeback trail from injury after suffering a flare-up in his back earlier in the summer – was a chance to also don the red shirt before the tournament is over.

“He’s getting back into some work – he’s probably a little bit further away than James with where he’s at,” McDonald said. “It’ll be a week-by-week thing with ‘Sidds’ but we hope he may be able to take some part in the back-end of the tournament which will be a massive inclusion come that time if we are at the business end.”

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