For the first few seasons of the BBL, the Melbourne Renegades have been the city’s ‘little brother’ team.
While the Melbourne Stars hog much of the limelight, the ‘Gades have built a working-class reputation and attracted fans who love an underdog.
That all changed in BBL08 when the Renegades stunned the Stars in one of the most memorable Big Bash finals yet, but now they have reverted to type and look set for a tough season in 2020/21.
We’ll look at the Renegades’ odds, their squad, the BBL fixture and best betting markets in our full team preview.
About the Melbourne Renegades
|Home grounds:||Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
|BBL titles:||1 – BBL08|
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Melbourne Renegades fixture
|Adelaide Strikers||Tuesday, December 7||Marvel Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Thursday, December 9||Adelaide Oval||6:45pm ACDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Monday, December 13||Metricon Stadium||6:15pm AEST|
|Perth Scorchers||Wednesday, December 22||Marvel Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, December 26||Optus Stadium||6:15pm AWST|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Wednesday, December 29||Marvel Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Saturday, January 1||Coffs International Stadium||7:30pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, January 3||MCG||7:15pm ACDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 6||GMHBA Stadium||6:05pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, January 8||Marvel Stadium||6:05pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Tuesday, January 11||GMHBA Stadium||7:15pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Thursday, January 13||Marvel Stadium||7:30pm AEDT|
|Hobart Hurricanes||Monday, January 17||Blundstone Arena||7:40pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Wednesday, January 19||Sydney Showgrounds||4:40pm AEDT|
Melbourne Renegades players to watch
Not only does Maddinson jump from Richmond to Docklands this season, he also takes on the captaincy for the Renegades after the long-serving Aaron Finch stepped down from the role in the lead-up to BBL11. The big-hitting lefty’s domestic form for Victoria has put him on the verge of a recall to the national squad, and a strong showing as skipper will only aid his chances.
At just 19 years of age, JFM is one of the hottest prospects in Australian cricket. We have seen glimpses of his ability with the bat in both the BBL and the state competitions, but he is yet to establish himself as a mainstay for either the ‘Gades or the Vics. Could this be his breakout year?
Like Fraser-McGurk, Sutherland is a top talent who has been circling a breakout moment on the big stage. A strong pace bowler and powerful middle-order batter, the 22-year-old Victorian adds great balance to the Renegades XI. Sutherland was named Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year in 2021 and looks poised for a big season in all formats.
Melbourne Renegades futures betting
There is not a lot of love for the Melbourne Renegades in the major 2021/22 Big Bash League betting markets. Most online bookmakers have them rock bottom in the outright odds, so the forecast is not promising. The ‘Gades have claimed the wooden spoon in the last two BBL seasons, and they are favourites to make it a hat-trick this summer.
Tips for betting on the Melbourne Renegades
Who will lead the charge with bat and ball this season? Let’s look at the top options for the Renegades in BBL10.
Most wickets betting
The ever-reliable Kane Richardson will have a big part to play once again, while James Pattinson comes into the BBL campaign off some fine form for Victoria. Cameron Boyce is the best bet among the spinners.
Most runs betting
With Shaun Marsh set to miss the start of the BBL season through injury, it is hard to look past Aaron Finch in the top runscorer markets. Marsh’s injury means Sam Harper will have some opportunities at the top of the order, while Indian import Unmukt Chand is another to keep an eye on.
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. Some have flown, while other have flopped. This is the all-time Renegades XI based on performances in the BBL:
- Aaron Finch
- Chris Gayle
- Shaun Marsh
- Cameron White
- Tom Cooper
- Dwayne Bravo
- Matthew Wade
- Sunil Narine
- Kane Richardson
- Nathan Rimmington
- Muttiah Muralitharan