Melbourne Renegades preview

 

BEST XI

Aaron Finch ($102,500/100k)

Matthew Wade ($66,800/85k)

Tom Cooper ($67,400/85k)

Dwayne Bravo ($115,400/100k)

Callum Ferguson ($41,500/70k)

Ben Rohrer ($72,500/70k)

Andre Russell ($93,500/TBA)

James Pattinson ($84,200/85k)

Nathan Rimmington ($76,200/70k)

Aaron O’Brien ($58,400/55k)

Andrew Fekete ($38,000/TBA)

 

– Wade should open the batting, at least until Jesse Ryder arrives.

– It’s anyone’s guess which order Cooper, Bravo, Ferguson and Rohrer bat in. The big-hitting Russell could potentially jump in front of a few of them as well.

– The final bowling spot is well and truly up for grabs. It will most likely be decided based on practice match performances. Both Fawad Ahmed and Andrew Fekete have struggled in their limited opportunities thus far, while Nick Winter is a young left-arm fast-medium bowler who was hit around a bit in his two Matador Cup games.

– Pattinson should be fit for round 1.

– Given the Renegades’ lack of bowling depth, expect to see Russell and Bravo used a lot with the ball. Even Finch might roll the arm over.

 

REMAINING SQUAD

International: Peter Siddle, Jesse Ryder

Batsmen: Alex Doolan, Peter Nevill (wk) Tom Beaton

All-rounders: Matthew Short

Bowlers: Fawad Ahmed, Nick Winter

 

INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY

– Bravo and Russell will depart after round 4. They’ll be replaced by Ryder and another, yet to be announced, international player.

– Finch, Pattinson and possibly Wade will be named in the Aus ODI squad. They’ll miss round 8.

 

FIXTURE ANALYSIS

The Renegades are the only team in the league without a bye.

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