Big Bash League preview: Melbourne Renegades team guide
The Renegades have lost a few veteran players but seem optimistic about their chances of bouncing back in BBL|10.
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After winning BBL|08, the Renegades had a disastrous season last summer, finishing last. Despite losing key players, the squad is hoping its luck will turn and the Victorians can recover some of their former glory.
Dan Christian, Tom Cooper and Jack Wildermuth left the team for greener pastures, but the Renegades brought in fresh faces to compensate for the loss to play alongside skipper Aaron Finch. New players include Rilee Rossouw and Imran Tahir, both from South Africa. Afghan spinner Noor Ahmad is in as well.
How to watch Melbourne Renegades BBL matches
Cricket fans can follow the Melbourne Renegades live and free. While some matches are on Channel 7, only Kayo and Foxtel have all games live, courtesy of Fox Cricket. For more details about broadcasts, check out our guide on how to watch the Big Bash League.
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Melbourne Renegades schedule
The Melbourne Renegades start the new BBL season against Perth Scorchers on Saturday 12 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|10 or you can find the full Big Bash League schedule here:
|Date||Match||Venue||Time (AEDT)||Where to watch|
|Saturday, 12 December 2020||Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers||Blundstone Arena||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sunday, 13 December 2020||Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades||Blundstone Arena||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 19 December 2020||Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades||Blundstone Arena||11:10 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 26 December 2020||Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades||Manuka Oval||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Tuesday, 29 December 2020||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers||Metricon Stadium||5:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Friday, 1 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Sunday, 3 January 2021||Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades||TBC||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tuesday, 5 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Friday, 8 January 2021||Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades||TBC||6:10 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Thursday, 14 January 2021||Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Sunday, 17 January 2021||Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars||TBC||7:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
|Saturday, 23 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat||TBC||4:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2021||Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes||TBC||4:15 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7|
Melbourne Renegades squad
Besides the new international players, the Renegades secured some domestic talent as well – including fast bowler Josh Lalor and all-rounder Jack Prestwidge. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|10 season:
|Rilee Rossouw||31||South Africa||Batsmen|
|Zak Evans||19||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Mitchell Perry||20||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Joe Mennie||31||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|James Pattinson||30||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Kane Richardson||29||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Josh Lalor||33||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Andrew Fekete||35||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Luke Robins||26||Australia||Pace bowlers|
|Cameron Boyce||31||Australia||Spin bowlers|
|Jon Holland||32||Australia||Spin bowlers|
|Imran Tahir||41||South Africa||Spin bowlers|
|Noor Ahmad||15||Afganistan||Spin bowlers|
Melbourne Renegades history
After four consecutive years with no finals action, the Renegades started to bounce back during BBL|07. They finished third during the regular season, bowing out in the semi-finals.
BBL|08 was their best season yet, bringing them their first championship title. The victory was even sweeter as they played the final against rivals Melbourne Stars. The Melbourne Derby always draws big crowds.
The Renegades play their home matches at Marvel Stadium. Michael Klinger is the squad's coach, while Aaron Finch is captain.
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