The Melbourne Renegades are the big unknown of BBL08. Having already lost their current two opening batsmen Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris to the Australian test squad, the Renegades will have to test their depth in order to remain competitive this upcoming season. Lets take a look at the relevant SuperCoach options the boys in red present for this upcoming season.
The prices below are indicative for SuperCoach BBL.
Mohammad Nabi – $192,200 – BAT/BWL
Afghanistan spinner is returning to the Renegades in BBL08 and it presents a great option for coaches to ponder. Nabi was solid for both the Renegades and SuperCoach players last season where he took 8 wickets, averaged 30 with the bat and from his 7 games averaged 71 SuperCoach points per game.
In the recent T10 cricket league Nabi had some solid numbers. Playing with and against word class players Nabi averaged 50 points per game from his 8 games (highest average in the league) showcasing that the 33 year old is in fine form and age isn’t slowing him down.
Nabi is an all rounder and will play a key part in the Renegades BBL08 campaign. He will bowl his 4 overs and with openers Harris and Finch in the test team he may see himself batting high up the order. Nabi is expensive but for a player that possesses his qualities it’s a punt coaches should and would be willing to take.
Cameron White- $145,200 – BAT
Don’t let the 35 year old Cameron White’s age fool you. Still regularly playing for Victoria and arguably having his best BBL tournament last year, Whites body is showing no signs of slowing down. White averaged 54 points from 8 games last year, a healthy average that came about from his fine batting performances last year where White averaged 38 runs including scores of 35, 49, 51, 68 and 79.
The most enticing thing about White is the fact that he will almost certainly open the batting during the absence of duo Harris and Finch. He is also unlikely to be suiting up for the Australian’s this summer making him available for the whole tournament. White is priced affordably and is certainly an option for coaches, especially for his DGW in in week 6 of the BBL08 tournament.
Mackenzie Harvey – $42,000 – BAT
At just 18 years of age, It’s quite clear that young Mackenzie Harvey has a bright future ahead of him. With Harris and Finch gone Harvey has been flagged as a player who can help the Renegades “flexible” batting lineup by no other man than the coach himself Andrew McDonald. The left handed batsmen, Harvey would help break up the high amount of right hand batsmen in the Gades lineup. Likely to bat as high as fourth position in the Renegades order, Harvey’s price makes him incredibly appealing and if named round 1 at 42k you can simply not pass up on selecting him.
Tim Ludeman – $62,500 – WKP/BAT
Playing in the BBL since BBL01, Timmy Ludeman has become a well known glove man who is talented with the bat in hand as well. Ludeman has showcased his scoring ability in the past scoring 92, 71*, 57, 57 and 54 in some of his better games over his big bash career. The problem Ludeman has faced however, over the past few seasons is the oppurtunity he has had with the bat. Last season Ludeman didn’t bat six games out of the eleven he took part in for the Renegades. In the 5 games Ludeman did bat he batted at 7 and 9 in two of them and the other three games scored 13, 14 and 28 batting at the number one spot, second and third respectively.
BBL08 however is a new chapter and a chapter that looks bright through the eyes of Tim Ludeman. With the two openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris absent for a fair chunk of the tournament due to Test duties, Ludeman is an almost certainty to take the gloves and open regularly for the Gades. At his price it’s almost a no brainer to select Ludes whether it’s on the pine or on field this season. I believe he’s due for a big tournament and will make cash fast! Job security is through the roof as he is the only keeper on the Renegades list.
Dan Christian – $161,700 – BAT/BWL
Dan Christian is one of the most quality all rounders in the BBL. Over his BBL career he has shown his ability with both bat and ball, taking 5/14 in his best bowled innings and making 75 runs in his highest scoring big bash game.
Christian has been one of the best bowlers in the BBL over the seven seasons to date taking the 8th most wickets of all time, a total of 47 wickets from his 53 innings. Christian is also handy with the bat too. Batting in the fourth to sixth position over his BBL career, Christian has managed to score the 15th most total runs in BBL history at a handy average of 24 runs per game.
Christian comes at a hefty price this season but you get what you pay for. Especially when you take into account that he averaged 60 SuperCoach points per game last season playing for the Hobart Hurricanes. A quality player, Christian is the perfect trade in target for your team in round six for the Renegades DGW.
Kane Richardson – $147,800 – BWL
Like Dan Christian, Kane Richardson has been one of the best bowlers over the seven seasons of BBL. Richardson has taken 49 wickets in 45 innings placing him in sixth position for all time wickets taken in BBL history. Richardson didn’t have the greatest BBL07 by his lofty standards, a season where he only took four wickets in his first eight games of the tournament. Richardson was back to his best however, in his final two games of the year taking 4 wickets in both games.
Richo’s poor start to last season can be seen as a positive for this SuperCoach season however, as he is far cheaper than his starting price prior to BBL07. Richardson probably isn’t someone you would start with given his DGW isn’t till round six but he is certainly a trade in target for the future.
Usman Khan Shinwari – $75,000 – BWL
The Pakistani pace bowler has been snatched up by the Renegades as one of their two International signings. Priced at $75,000, Usman looks like someone who could be a solid pickup if the cheaper rookie options aren’t getting named for their respective teams. Khan Shinwari being an international signing means that his job security is pretty rock solid as international signings are signed to play more often than not (Tymal Mills once was dropped).
Usman is available until round six which in a way could work out perfectly. Firstly, he will have made enough cash by then to move on and secondly round 6 is Khan Shinwari’s DGW. One to certainly consider for the bench or even a cheap player to start on field.
Josh’s predicted XI for round one (last updated December 7th)
1. Cameron White (capt)
2. Tim Ludeman (wk)
3. Tom Cooper
4. Mackenzie Harvey
5. Dan Christian
6. Mohammad Nabi
7. Jack Wildermuth
8. Kane Richardson
9. Chris Tremain* (Joe Mennie to replace if Tremain has test duties)
10. Usman Khan Shinwari
11. Cameron Boyce
Unavailable: Marcus Harris (Test team), Aaron Finch (Test team), Chris Tremain* (Test squad) and Beau Webster (injured).