Wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will return to the Sydney Sixers for the 2017-18 Big Bash League after five seasons with the Melbourne Renegades. Nevill had been part of the Sixers side that won the inaugural BBL in 2011-12, and will return to the franchise on a multi-year deal.
Nevill’s New South Wales team-mate, fast bowler Sean Abbott, has also committed to the Sixers.
“It was a great opportunity to be back playing with people that I’ve played with extensively at NSW,” Nevill told cricket.com.au “One of my fondest cricket memories was winning the BBL 01 title with the Sixers and I’d love to win another one with the same guys. My best mates play for NSW and the Sixers so the ability to play all season with through, through state and then BBL cricket was a real attraction.
“The Sixers have a great environment, given the nucleus is similar to NSW, and I love the culture. Another factor was being able to spend the festive period at home in Sydney.”
Nevill played 27 matches for the Renegades over five seasons, scoring 186 runs at an average of 13.28 and a strike rate of 97. Last season, he suffered a fractured jaw after a freak accident during a BBL game against the Adelaide Strikers, where he was struck in the face by Brad Hodge’s bat.
In the 2016-17 domestic season, Nevill ended up as one of the top-scorers for NSW in the Sheffield Shield, with 625 runs in nine matches, including three hundreds and a fifty.
Nevill has not played for Australia since the Hobart Test against South Africa last year. The innings-and-80-run defeat in that match – which was the side’s fifth consecutive Test loss – forced the Australian selectors to revamp the side and Nevill lost his place to Matthew Wade.
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