Melbourne Renegades have announced the appointment of Michael Klinger as the franchise's new head coach for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League.
The former Perth Scorchers batsman retired from the BBL last season, finishing as the tournament's leading run-getter.
He boasts a wealth of experience in the shortest format, having made 206 T20 appearances and also briefly donned the national colours for three T20Is in 2017 during which he scored a half-century.
Although Klinger possesses no prior coaching experience, his standing as a vastly experienced campaigner and respected individual in Australia cricket leaves little doubt over his appointment.
The two-time BBL title winner replaces Andrew McDonald in the role with the latter serving as assistant to Justin Langer in Australia's coaching set-up.
“To be given the opportunity to coach the current BBL champions is obviously very humbling and a fantastic honour,” Klinger reacted to the news.
“I’ve played with and against a number of players in the squad and I’m looking forward to working alongside such a talented playing group. Andrew has set up a terrific platform and I’m ready to take that forward this season."
Klinger, 39, amassed an astronomical tally of 11,320 runs in his first-class career spanning almost two decades.
He represented Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia throughout his domestic career in Australia, and has been captaining Gloucestershire's T20 unit over the last four seasons.
“I’ve been fortunate to represent some outstanding organisations throughout my career and the lessons I’ve learned along the way leave me feeling as well prepared as I can be for the challenges that will inevitably emerge throughout the season," he added.
Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf opined that Klinger's supreme batting credentials set him apart from all the other candidates who applied for the post.
“This was a highly sought-after role and we had candidates from across the globe. We are pleased that we were able to secure a person held in such high esteem,” Graf said.
“The qualities that made Maxy such an accomplished player are the qualities that will set him up for an excellent coaching career. He’s well-prepared, well-structured and an excellent man manager with fantastic leadership experience."
The Renegades defeated Melbourne Stars in the final of the previous BBL season and will be hoping to defend their title with Klinger at the helm.