BBL: Ian Harvey’s nephew, Mackenzie, set for debut

The 17-year-old, signed up by Melbourne Renegades as replacement for Aaron Finch, could be the youngest in the history of the league if selected for Monday’s game against Adelaide Strikers.

Harvey made 59 off 48 against England in a tour match last week and 136 against the Pakistan U-19 team in December.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Mackenzie Harvey, the nephew of former Australia all-rounder Ian Harvey, seems to be the next cricketing star from Down Under. The rapid rise of the 17-year-old batsman has turned many heads. On Tuesday, he reached another milestone. Melbourne Renegades — the Big Bash League (BBL) side — signed him as a replacement for Aaron Finch, who will be on national duty.

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“I'm really stoked and to play in a Big Bash game would be absolutely amazing. After my last few games I've felt pretty confident so it should be good fun. I'm a Renegades fan so to hopefully pull the guernsey on for them will be a big honour,” Harvey, who could become the youngest player in the history of BBL, told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Harvey made 59 off 48 against England in a tour match last week and 136 against the Pakistan U-19 team in December.

Alister McDermott, aged 17 years and 211 days in 2009, is the current youngest player in the league. Harvey — if selected for the next match against Adelaide Strikers on Monday — will be 17 years and 126 days.

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