These two teams have made a sensational start to the tournament with two wins apiece, making tomorrow nights clash a high-standard hit out at Etihad Stadium.
A dominant start to BBL 07 for the Melbourne Renegades has them hovering around that top echelon of sides in this years competition. Former Melbourne Stars skipper Cameron White looks to be in career-best form in this format, hammering every ball with an intent to send the ball rocketing to the & over the rope with significant force. A hard-hitting White has posted back-to-back half centuries in the Renegades two opening games, scoring 79 not out against the Hurricanes in Hobart and just recently 51 against the Heat at home. White’s hot to trot scoring pattern hasn’t rubbed off on all of his teammates though, captain Aaron Finch being one of them. A dominant figure in the BBL, Finch has been dismissed cheaply in his first two outings at the top of the order which could be seen as a negative and a positive. The negative aspect of it is that he’s lacking time at the crease & looks a bit conservative which isn’t his style, the positive is that the team is still performing well without his impact and could be a force to be reckoned with when Finch finds his range. With the aggressive stroke-play of Marcus Harris at the top of the order and veterans Tom Cooper & Brad Hodge rounding out the middle order, the Renegades have some serous depth in their batting. West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is also a powerful striker who can clear the fence when he’s required, batting down the order with Mohammad Nabi and Tim Ludeman gives the men in red some serious X factor.
If the Scorchers are to trip up on a certain facet of the game tomorrow, it will be the incapability to restrict Melbourne’s lengthy-batting order, although the amount of talent the Scorchers possess in their bowling attack could possibly nullify that factor. The Renegades aren’t to shabby in the bowling department themselves, a standout performance from former Brisbane Heat all-rounder Jack Wildermuth against his old side did some torrential damage to the middle order thanks to his 3/16. The usual suspects for the Renegades were once again on song at Etihad Stadium, the experienced heads of Brad Hogg and Dwayne Bravo sealed the deal in their sides comprehensive victory over the Heat. Hogg (2/25) and Bravo (2/27) can be relied upon to do a relatively sound job for Aaron Finch when thrown the ball, and they’ll once again be two very crucial pieces of the puzzle against the Scorchers tomorrow night on a pitch that suits both of their bowling styles. Pace has little-relevance in this Renegades outfit, Kane Richardson is the only specialty fast bowler along with all-rounder Jack Wildermuth in the last match, but apart from that pace off the ball seems to be the tactical ploy.
Despite some major omissions to their squad for the start of BBL 07, the Perth Scorchers have just picked up where they left off after winning the title in 2016/17. They’ve had to reshuffle their batting line-up like a deck of cards, but it hasn’t been a problem due to the bowling attack bursting onto the big stage yet again and making light work of the opposition. Opening batsman Michael Klinger’s return didn’t go as planned, but he’s got runs on the board so to speak and is a genuine superstar of domestic cricket in Australia against the new ball in all formats. Elevated to No. 3 this year, Hilton Cartwright shown why he’s the man for the job with a composed-58 against the Stars who have had a dreadful start to their campaign. After his match winning knock in Sydney, serial-slogger Ashton Turner missed out against the Stars at the WACA but should get his opportunity to redeem himself in this upcoming match against the Renegades. Scorchers skipper Adam Voges remains a solid contributor in the middle order and should have a ball at Etihad Stadium given he gets his opportunity. Perth need some serious contributors with the bat in this next match, Voges stands out as the player who is most-likely to succeed given his ability to accumulate runs against the slow bowlers and composure at the crease.
This is a team that continues to peak in the competition with the ball, seen as the most lethal & damaging bowling attack in the BBL. The skillful Andrew Tye has headlined an attack that has been relentless in it’s pressure and frequent wicket taking ability, but they’ve just got so many options that opposition teams have a hundred things going through their head when trying to inflict some pain on a group of bowlers that can deceive you numerous times in an over which creates the unforgiving uncertainty. A four-wicket haul & hat-trick in the first game followed by a five-wicket haul at the SCG has Andrew Tye at the top of the ranks for 2017-18, rarely do bowlers attain this much dominance in a T20 franchise such as the BBL, especially on pitches that are custom made for big hitting and crowd catches. Who would have thought Mitchell Johnson would be taking a back seat in a bowling attack? well, truth be told he’s still in exceptional touch and remains the Scorchers front-line bowler for another BBL campaign. Jhye Richardson and David Willey round off an emphatic Scorchers cartel of fast bowling, and funnily enough they might struggle to have the same impact at Etihad Stadium due to it’s lifeless surface. Spinner Ashton Agar and master of variation Andrew Tye should be the key contributors in the wickets department tomorrow.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Melbourne Renegades | BBL | 10th match | Melbourne (Docklands)
- Dwayne Bravo
- Cameron White
- Aaron Finch
- Brad Hogg
- Brad Hodge
Wildcard pick – Mohammad Nabi
Top 5 fantasy picks | Perth Scorchers | BBL | 10th match | Melbourne (Docklands)
- Adam Voges
- Andrew Tye
- Ashton Agar
- Michael Klinger
- Ashton Turner
Wildcard pick – David Willey
Melbourne Renegades (possible) – 1. Aaron Finch (c) 2. Marcus Harris 3. Cameron White 4. Tom Cooper 5. Brad Hodge 6. Dwayne Bravo 7. Tim Ludeman (wk) 8. Mohammad Nabi 9. Jack Wildermuth 10. Kane Richardson/Chris Tremain 11. Brad Hogg.
Perth Scorchers (possible) – 1. Will Bosisto 2. Michael Klinger 3. Hilton Cartwright 4. Ashton Turner 5. Adam Voges (c) 6. Ashton Agar 7. David Willey 8. Josh Inglis (wk) 9. Mitchell Johnson 10. Andrew Tye 11. Jhye Richardson.