BBL|04 Melbourne Renegades Preview

In

Callum Ferguson (Adelaide Strikers)

Matthew Wade (Melbourne Stars)

Andre Russell (West Indies)

Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)

Matthew Short

Nicholas Winter

Andre Russell 'The Love Muscle' is bringing back the dorsal fin mohawk haircut
Andre Russell ‘The Love Muscle’ is bringing the dorsal fin mohawk haircut to Melbourne

Out

Michael Hill (Hobart Hurricanes)

Jake Reed (Hobart Hurricanes)

Solomon Mire (Zimbabwe)

Daniel Harris (retired)

Muttiah Muralitharan (retired)

Jos Butler

Matthew Gale

The Internationals

Andre Russell (West Indies)

Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

Replacement: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand)

Dwayne 'Pipe' Bravo returns for the Renegades.
Dwayne ‘Pipe’ Bravo returns for the Renegades.

The XI

1. Aaron Finch *

2. Matthew Wade +

3. Callum Ferguson

4. Tom Cooper

5. Ben Rhorer

6. Dwayne Bravo

7. Andre Russell

8. Aaron O’Brien

9. Nathan Rimmington

10. Peter Siddle

11. Fawad Ahmed

The Squad

Tom Beaton

Alex Doolan

Jayde Herrick – injured his back and replaced by Andrew Fekete from the Supplementary list.

Peter Neville

James Pattinson

Matthew Short

Nicholas Winter

Jayde Herrick and the Half Volleys - unlikely to be seen in BBL|04
Jayde Herrick and the Half Volleys – unlikely to be seen in BBL|04

The Analysis

International duties will hit the Renegades particularly with their inspirational captain Aaron Finch available only for the first half of the season. Fortunately the Renegades have strengthened their top order batting with Callum Ferguson crossing the border form Adelaide and Matthew Wade crossing the CBD from the Melbourne Stars.

Tom Cooper and Ben Rhorer, who has recovered from a head knock in early November, are the middle order mainstays. From the practice matches it seems Wade will have the keeping gloves, but don’t be surprised if the keeper for the past two seasons, Peter Neville plays as a batsmen only given his intelligent middle order batting.

Matthew Wade: travelled 3.7km across the Melbourne CBD to join the Renegades from the Stars
Matthew Wade: travelled 3.7km across the Melbourne CBD to join the Renegades from the Stars

Dwayne Bravo returns and brings fellow Windies all-rounder Andre Russell ‘The Love Muscle’. The West Indies depart for World Cup preparations in January but Jesse Ryder will be available for the remainder of the tournament as he has missed out on the New Zealand World Cup squad of 30. He shapes as a likely candidate to replace Aaron Finch at the top of the order.

Peter Siddle being dropped from the Test team is a bonus for the Renegades, but it remains to be seen how many games James Pattinson will play in his carefully managed comeback from a back injury. Nathan Rimmington is the constant of the pace bowlers and Nicholas Winter is a rookie paceman from South Australia.

Andrew Fekete replaces Jayde Herrick and the Half Volleys – It could be career over for the cult hero with the shaved bongo, headband and tattoos who was the poster boy of the Renegades last season but broke down with injury in the first match and wasn’t seen again. Herrick moved to Tasmania seeking opportunities after he was cut by Victoria at the end of last season but to date is yet to add to his first class career. His current back injury could mean curtains on his career.

Muttiah Muralitharan is a big loss but leg spinner Fawad Ahmed is ready to step out of his shadow and onto the big stage. Aaron O’Brien provides variety with his off spin.

Feel good story of BBL|03 Zimbabwean rookie Solomon Mire has returned to Zimbabwe and might be seen here during the World Cup. The Renegades back up batsmen are Alex Doolan, former Perth Scorcher Tom Beaton and young Victorian Matthew Short, who also bowls a bit of off spin.

The Prediction

The backbone of the Renegades line up are heading into their third season together now (Finch, Cooper, Rhorer, Neville, Rimmington, O’Brien) and the squad has definitely been strengthened in the top order batting but it remains to be seen how the Renegades can cover the losses of the West Indies allrounders and Aaron Finch come the business end of the season.

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