Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Matthew Short, Cameron White, Nick Winter
Not much success for the Melbourne Renegades since they were formed in the Big Bash with only 1 finals appearance in 5 seasons.
They need to show they can match on field performances with the likes of cross-town rival the Melbourne Stars and fight for a finals spot.
Key Players – Australians
Aaron Finch – The captain has been one of the most successful batsman in Big Bash history. In 158 Twenty20 matches, he averages 34.58 with a strike rate of 133.90 which includes 2 centuries.The opener is a aggressive batsman that can smash the ball over the fence and at his best, very difficult to stop. His form of recent has created criticism especially in the ODI series against New Zealand where he did not produce a score of more than 20. Whatever the form, he will be looking forward to getting out onto the pitch and making some big scores to help his team make finals.
Cameron White – .A batsman that has plenty of Twenty20 experience should help with getting them into winning ways. White was at the Melbourne Stars until he left for their rivals in the Renegades last season. He averages 30.56 with a strike rate of 127.99 in 198 innings. He is a strong leg side hitter that can damage the bowler if they get it wrong. He is capable of making a big score and his leadership skills on the field will help the team no just with the bat.
Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) – This will be the West Indian all-rounder’s third season at the Renegades. One of the best all-rounders in Twenty20 cricket, Bravo is a difficult bowler to face and that is evident with his best figures being 5/32 which is impressive in 4 overs. He is useful in the middle overs when he balls where he gets the majority of his wickets. His batting is explosive as he loves hitting on the off-side. He is great in the final overs due to his big hitting. He will be a weapon for the Renegades both with bat and ball and the neutral love watching Bravo when he is in-form.
Sunil Narine (West Indies) – The West Indian spinner is a new signing this season for the Renegades. With 241 wickets in 196 Twenty20 matches, the off-spinner is a tough bowler to face as a batsman as he has different variety of balls such as off-spin, doosra, knuckle ball, carrom ball and more. He was sanctioned a few years back due to his bowling action but has since improved and came back a better bowler. Now he will be looking to bamboozle many batsmen in this season’s Big Bash and should expect him to take many wickets.
Chris Tremain – The young fast bowler is in the middle of a breakout year which was rewarded with a call up to the Australian One Day team in South Africa a few months ago. The 25 year old can ball at a good economy rate which will be useful for Twenty20 and does provide plenty of pace to trouble batsmen. He did play some games for the Renegades last season and will be better for it this season as he looks to spearhead the bowling attack.
Their squad is looking good so there should not be any excuses for at least contending for finals. With no Chris Gayle this season, their batting lineup does weaken but the inclusions of Brad Hogg and Narine, their bowling attack looks stronger which is where they needed to improve on last season. Expect the Renegades to bring better performances with the bat and ball in all matches this season but unfortunately miss out on yet another finals campaign.