Big Bash League preview: Melbourne Renegades team guide

The Renegades have been forced into a reshuffle, but seem optimistic about defending their BBL title.

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Defending champions Melbourne Renegades are coming off a great BBL|08. They finished regular season in second place, beat the Sixers in the semi-final and went on to win their first championship title after a thrilling final against rivals Melbourne Stars. Now, they are eager to keep up the good work and bringing in Shaun Marsh from the Scorchers is a sign in the right direction.

However, the team had to scramble on the eve of BBL|09 after their two Pakistani signings, Usman Khan Shinwari and Faheem Ashraf, became unavailable. As a result, the Renegades signed Richard Gleeson as a last-minute replacement, while Harry Gurney will now play the full season. Gleeson will play for the first eight games, after which he will be replaced by Mohammad Nabi.

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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Watch Melbourne Renegades on Foxtel

If you want to follow the Melbourne Renegades with Fox Cricket you will need a Foxtel iQ subscription with the Sports HD pack. You can watch on TV or stream matches to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, free for all Foxtel subscribers.

Sports HD is available on top of the basic Foxtel Plus pack, which comes with a variety of entertainment and lifestyle channels. Subscribers get the iQ4, the set-top box that lets you watch content in 4K quality and record live TV.

Fans can also keep up with the Melbourne Renegades on Foxtel Now. You will need to get the Sport channel pack, which costs $29/month. That's on top of the base Essentials channel pack, priced at $25/month. New Foxtel Now users get a 10-day free trial.

Foxtel Now is available on laptops and mobile devices with the Foxtel GO app. Or, you can access it on selected smart TVs, Chromecast/AirPlay, Telstra TV, PS4, Xbox One and the Foxtel Now box.

Melbourne Renegades schedule

The Melbourne Renegades start the new BBL season against Sydney Thunder on Thursday 19 December. Here are the team's upcoming fixtures for BBL|09 you can find the full Big Bash League schedule here:

Date Match Venue Time (AEDT) Where to watch
Thu, 19 Dec Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder GMHBA Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 21 Dec Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades Optus Stadium 9:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Tue, 24 Dec Hurricane vs Melbourne Renegades Blundstone Arena 2:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Sun, 29 Dec Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Thu, 2 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 4 Jan Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades MCG 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Tue, 7 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers GMHBA Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Fri, 10 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sun, 12 Jan Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades Adelaide Oval 3:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Wed, 15 Jan Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades TBC 6:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sun, 19 Jan Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades The Gabba 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Tue, 21 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Marvel Stadium 7:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7
Sat, 25 Jan Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades SCG 3:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Mon, 27 Jan Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Marvel Stadium 2:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Channel 7

Melbourne Renegades squad

Despite the last-minute changes, the Renegades have a solid team. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the BBL|09 season:

Player Age Caps Position Batting rank Bowling rank Allrounder rank
Aaron Finch (c) 33 272 Batter 2 >100 >100
Cameron Boyce 30 70 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Dan Christian 36 301 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Tom Cooper 33 136 Batter >100 >100 >100
Zak Evans 19 - Bowler >100 >100 >100
Jake Fraser-McGurk 17 - - >100 >100 >100
Richard Gleeson 32 42 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Harry Gurney 33 152 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Sam Harper (k) 23 21 Wicketkeeper >100 >100 >100
Marcus Harris 27 39 Batter >100 >100 >100
Mackenzie Harvey 19 13 Batter >100 >100 >100
Jon Holland 32 28 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Shaun Marsh 36 173 Batter >100 >100 >100
Joe Mennie 30 21 Bowler >100 >100 >100
Mohammad Nabi 34 240 Allrounder 28 16 1
Kane Richardson 28 96 Bowler >100 29 >100
Will Sutherland 20 1 Allrounder >100 >100 >100
Beau Webster 26 15 Batter >100 >100 >100
Jack Wildermuth 26 32 Allrounder >100 >100 >100

Melbourne Renegades history

After four consecutive years with no finals action, the Renegades started to bounce back during BBL|07. They finished third during regular season, but lost in the semi-finals.

Last season was their best 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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Image source: Melbourne Renegades website

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