BBL|07 Preview: Melbourne Renegades

BATSMEN

Premium
Aaron Finch, $113,600
The Renegades’ captain for so long has been their number one batsman and a certain opener. His talent is so big that he always makes the international sides and carries Renegades to victories, racking up multiple fantasy points along the way. His price tag is expensive but what you pay for is justified from a player of Finch’s calibre.

Mid-Priced
Jack Wildermuth, BWL DPP, $62,500
Queenslander and former Brisbane Heat bowler is only 24 years of age. He showed very good form last year in BBL06 being one of the main fast bowlers for the Heat alongside quick Mark Steketee. He will always bowl four overs which is handy when you consider his batting ability. He will most likely bat at 7-8 for the Renegades but can hit sixes and boundaries and make good scores if the Renegades top order collapse in games early. Wildermuth played 9 games and averaged 41 last year. At his age you would think he can only get better and should be at least considered at his relatively cheap price.

Rookie
Matthew Short, $30,000
Short has shown really good form in the Sheffield Shield games as both a batsmen and a bowler. At such a low price of 30k he hast to be a lock if he is named in any position in the Renegades round 1 team as he can bowl very well. However the Renegades team will be a hard one to break in to as they have a very strong line-up that includes all different types of bowlers and batters.

WICKET KEEPER

Tim Ludeman, $46,400
Tim Ludeman was one of the Renegades’ key signings over their off season and for good reason. The once-Strikers opener has struggled in recent seasons playing second fiddle to Dunk but in seasons before that had been a powerhouse BBL player. Ludeman has the second fastest BBL fifty to his name notching it up off just 18 balls against the Stars in 2014. He finished that game on 92* of 44 balls. Recent form in the practice matches has been in favour too, with a knock of 50 against stars and 97 in an intra club match. If he opens or bats top 5 he is a lock for me.

BOWLERS

Premium
Dwayne Bravo, $91,200
The West Indian’s BBL06 was cruelly cut short with an injury to his hamstring. He managed two games for the year but still was able to average 67. Missing so many games Bravo is priced at around a $10k discount to what his average would price him as. As well as always bowling his four overs and picking up wickets, Bravo is good in the field and can hit a big ball when he bats at 4-6. Bravo is also barring injury available for the whole tournament as his country will not require him for international duties.

Mid-Priced
Kane Richardson, $71,400
Kane Richardson missed games for the Strikers last season due to injury but when he did play he showed his huge scoring potential that can make him a BBL07 powerhouse. Playing just the two games he averaged a mammoth 60 points and was a huge loss for the Strikers when he went down. He is priced at a discounted price from only playing two games, meaning that you can get him at the same price as blokes who averaged 47.

Rookie
Jon Holland, $30,000
The forgotten spinner previously played for the Adelaide Strikers but has now come home to Victoria to play for the Melbourne Renegades. His Sheffield Shield form has been very good and extremely consistent, putting his name regularly in the wickets column and in high numbers. It will be difficult for Holland to find a place in the Renegades team however with the handy spinners they already have. Nabi and Hogg already in the team are the Renegades main star spinners and Finch also regularly uses the services of part timers Tom Cooper and himself for the odd over here and there.


2 thoughts on “BBL|07 Preview: Melbourne Renegades

    1. Personally, I do. Hogg is clearly the number one and Nabi is a quality spinner in his own right. Unless the Etihad pitch is incredibly slow and low, I can’t see them going in with three spinners.

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