For the first six seasons of the BBL, the Melbourne Renegades have been the city’s ‘little brother’ team.
While cross-town rivals, the Melbourne Stars, attract all of the limelight, the Renegades have built a working-class reputation and attracted fans who love an underdog.
With just one finals appearance in six years, the Renegades have some work to do to win the hearts and minds of cricket fans in Melbourne and become a factor in the chase to the 2017/18 BBL title.
With a squad that looks very similar to the one that narrowly missed finals last season and a few key injuries before a ball is balled, the Renegades are going to need some inspiration from captain Aaron Finch and international signings to break their drought.
We’ll look at the Renegades’ odds, their squad, fixture and best betting markets in our full team preview.
About the Melbourne Renegades
|Home ground:||Etihad Stadium|
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Melbourne Renegades fixture
|Hobart Hurricanes||Thursday, December 21, 2017||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, December 23, 2017||Etihad Stadium||7.20pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Friday, December 29, 2017||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Wednesday, January 3, 2018||TBC||7.10pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 6, 2018||MCG||7.10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, January 8, 2018||WACA||7.20pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Friday, January 12, 2018||Eithad Stadium||7.30pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Monday, January 22, 2018||Etihad Stadium||7.30pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 24, 2018||TBC||7.40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Saturday, January 27, 2018||Gabba||7.20pm AEDT|
Melbourne Renegades squad
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Melbourne Renegades futures betting
The Melbourne Renegades will kick off the 2017/2018 season on the fourth line of betting at +500 to win their first title.
The ‘Gades are also paying -125 at Crownbet.com.au to pinch a spot inside the top 4 and make their first finals campaign since 2012/13.
Tips for betting on the Melbourne Renegades
More than any other team in the Big Bash League, the Melbourne Renegades will be desperate to have a big season and make finals.
But who will lead the charge with bat and ball and deliver the runs and wickets needed to get them there?
Let’s look at the futures odds for the season ahead:
Most wickets betting:
The Renegades have one of the best weapons in world T20 cricket at their disposal this season and they’re going to need him to take his fair share of scalps.
Make no mistake, if Sunil Narine stays fit and plays enough games, he will lead the Renegades’ wicket tally for the 2017/18 season – and perhaps the whole competition.
Narine is paying $3 at CrownBet.com.au to lead the Renegades in the wicket tally and we recommend you jump on while you still can.
Most runs betting:
Again, Aaron Finch would be our tip in this category if he wasn’t a candidate to miss crucial matches on international duty.
So who’s next in line to make the most runs for the Renegades?
Veteran power hitter Cameron White is the favourite at $3.50, but we’re tipping a big season from left-handed opener Marcus Harris.
Harris, $3.75 at CrownBet, should be opening the batting in every game with Finch, will benefit from a lack of expectation and pressure and has the ability to deliver.
Melbourne Renegades all-time XI
The Melbourne Renegades have had no shortage of superstars, T20 hired guns and absolute show-stoppers in their six years in the BBL
Interestingly (and probably unfortunately for the Renegades), the franchise has a happy knack of unearthing players that have gone on to much bigger things once leaving the club.
Aaron Finch has always led from the front as Melbourne captain and his side has missed him dearly on the occasions in which he has had to depart on international duty. His batting average while opening the innings is one of the best in the history of the competition.
Talking about openers, there’s none bigger than West Indian master blaster Chris Gayle. The franchise paid a fortune for a man who is probably in the top five the format has ever seen world-wide, but some lean returns with the bat and a controversy involving an attempted pick-up line with a local boundary reporter soured his time in the competition and prematurely ended a multi-season deal.
Sunil Narine is another West Indian who leads the world in T20 bowling ranks and countryman Dwayne Bravo has given quality service with both bat and ball.
Muttiah Muralitharan showed he could still work some magic, well after his international retirement and local boys Peter Siddle and James Pattinson always loved a juicy Etihad Stadium deck under the roof.
The Melbourne Renegades all-time XI from the past six seasons does feature some quality international names, mixed in with some Victorian favourites:
1. Chris Gayle
2. Aaron Finch
3. Alex Hales
4. Marlon Samuels
5. Dwayne Bravo
6. Cameron White
7. Matthew Wade
8. Peter Siddle
9. Sunil Narine
10. Muttiah Muralitharan
11. James Pattinson
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