For the first few seasons of the BBL, the Melbourne Renegades have been the city’s ‘little brother’ team.
While the Melbourne Stars attract all of the limelight, the ‘Gades have built a working-class reputation and attracted fans who love an underdog.
With just two finals appearance in seven years, the Renegades have some work to do to win the hearts and minds of cricket fans in Melbourne and become a genuine contender for the 2018/19 BBL title.
With an experienced squad that looks very similar to the one that finished third last season, the Renegades are going to need another big year from old hands like Aaron Finch, Brad Hogg, Cameron White and international stars Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine.
We’ll look at the Renegades’ odds, their squad, fixture and best betting markets in our full team preview.
About the Melbourne Renegades
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Melbourne Renegades fixture
|Perth Scorchers||Thursday, December 20, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, December 23, 2018||Adelaide Oval||7.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, December 29, 2018||Marvel Stadium||7pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Tuesday, January 1, 2019||MCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Thursday, January 3, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 7, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 10, 2019||The Gabba||7.15pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Sunday, January 13, 2019||GMHBA Stadium||6.35pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Wednesday, January 16, 2019||SCG||7.15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Saturday, January 19, 2019||Marvel Stadium||6.45pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Tuesday, January 22, 2019||Spotless Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, January 28, 2019||Optus Stadium||9.15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 20, 2019||Marvel Stadium||7.15pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Thursday, February 7, 2019||Blundstone Arena||7.40pm AEDT|
Melbourne Renegades squad
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Notable past players
Melbourne Renegades futures betting
Despite giving their fans plenty to cheer about last term, the Renegades are mid-table in early betting for the BBL08 title.
Online bookies are offering around +600 for the red half of Melbourne to salute – about the same price as the Stars, who finished dead last in BBL07.
With Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth all drawing plenty of support, there is a bit of value about the Renegades to snatch a spot in the top four again this season.
See our dedicated odds page for more Big Bash futures markets and outright prices.
Tips for betting on the Melbourne Renegades
Perhaps 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 2018/19 season – and perhaps the whole competition.
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 was a model of consistency last season and looks the best bet among the rest, with Marcus Harris and Tom Cooper also worth consideration.
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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