‘A law unto our own’ says a promotional poster for the Melbourne Renegades. They’ve certainly developed that.
Finishing seventh in the first instalment of the Big Bash League, the red army had the team but didn’t post the results. That, however, seems set to change this summer.
With a fresh new look, some solid team signings, and their home ground of Etihad Stadium, the Renegades will be competing in a much stronger and even pool. Let’s take a look at some of the key players:
Peter Nevill: Since moving to New South Wales to expand his career, Nevill’s first class average has jumped to 45, and includes a century. Took the reins as the Sydney Sixers wicketkeeper in the absence of Brad Haddin last season and was more than tidy behind the stumps. Moving back home to Melbourne, Nevill will take over the wicketkeeping duties from Graham Manou. Big shoes to fill but more than capable.
Marlon Samuels: Samuels is not only incredibly underrated, West Indian, and a massive pickup for the Renegades, but his current Twenty20 form is excellent. Smashed 15 sixes during the recent World Twenty20 and finished third on the run scoring charts behind fellow West Indian Chris Gayle. Can hit the ball hard and long. Part time offspinners can be very effective, and he is more than capable of putting together an innings. Will hopefully bring West Indians in Melbourne and around Australia to the grounds.
Nathan Rimmington: Making his debut six years ago, Rimmington has had his ups and downs during his domestic career. Born in Queensland but is currently playing for Western Australia, Rimmington is a no nonsense kind of guy when steaming in to bowl. Can wield the willow quite nicely, and has sent more than a fair share of balls somewhere into seats. Very economical when bowling and will look to lead the pace attack with Jayde Herrick and Darren Pattinson.
Aaron Finch: You cannot let the big man pass by when looking at key players. Finch is always on that list. One of the biggest hitters in domestic cricket right now, Finch has also been given the Renegades captaincy for BBL|02. Has a sound cricketing brain and knows when to play his shots. His form in the domestic one day competition has given him a fantastic platform to use for the Big Bash League.
Alex Doolan: 161 for Australia A against South Africa in a tour game stamped Doolan as a potential international player, and has already amassed more than 500 first class runs this season. A beautiful timer of the ball, Doolan looks fluent in his batting and footwork. Will be looking to transfer current form to the short format.
The Renegades look balanced, with plenty of hitting power and bowling strength. Two weeks out from the commencement of the Big Bash League, the setup for the Renegades to make a push for the finals next January is solid.
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