This has been a rather-strange BBL season, only the Hobart Hurricanes have flexed their muscles in the tournament with the remaining seven teams closely-contesting each & every match. The Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Renegades are no exception, they’re both two of four sides in the competition who are sitting on four wins and four losses leaving very-little margin for error as the tournament ticks over the halfway mark.
Hosting tomorrow night’s match at the SCG, the Sydney Sixers must fancy themselves against a team who was knocked over for a mediocre-91 with the bat in their last outing. It came as quite a surprise given the Brisbane Heat aren’t a team renown for taking a huge amount of wickets, for the Sixers bowling attack that’s music to their ears. Sydney started BBL08 strongly with the ball, in particular Steve O’Keefe and Tom Curran who both compiled a healthy amount of victims in that small period of time. Despite their best efforts, wickets have been a lot more difficult to come by since then which has played a minor part in them losing some of their recent matches. English signing Tom Curran has been extremely handy will the ball for Sydney this season with 11 wickets, and his batting has been an added-bonus. Steve O’Keefe continues to chip away at the opposition leading the Sixers with 13 wickets with his tight line & length.
Sean Abbott has been another who has picked up double-figures in the wickets column this season, but he hasn’t been able to reach the heights of 2016/17. With the bowling attack set to test the Renegades depth once again, they won’t want to turn a blind eye to their batting which still needs improving. Skipper Moises Henriques looks in exceptional touch at the moment despite not scoring a huge amount of runs, Daniel Hughes on the other hand looks set to carry the Sixers through this second half of BBL08 with his very own bat. The addition of yet another Englishman, this time it’s James Vince should only bolster their batting with the likes of power-hitters Jordan Silk and Josh Philippe in an ideal position to finish the innings with a bang! This hasn’t been the most reliable batting line-up by any stretch of the imagination, but a number of these Sixers batsmen are starting to play themselves into form which is a massive tick.
How quickly things can change. After a strong-victory over the Brisbane Heat up at the Gabba, the Melbourne Renegades managed to switch places with the visiting-Heat as the roles were reversed in Geelong with a detrimental-loss. Being bowled out for under three-figures is never a good thing in twenty20 cricket, and that’s exactly where the Renegades found themselves at the 17-over mark. Scores of 28 & 2 for Marcus Harris suggests that he’s slowly working himself back into T20 mode after representing the Aussies in the recent test series against India. Melbourne won’t be getting their skipper Aaron Finch back until the Stars clash, so it’s up to the rest of their top order to fire at the SCG tomorrow night. That’s not to say the middle order is obsolete, if anything Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian are the match-winners down the order for the Renegades.
It’s more a directive-message towards Tom Cooper and Marcus Harris who experienced BBL cricketers, even Cameron White (if selected) needs to up his game. The return of their leading wicket-taker Kane Richardson is a big inclusion for tomorrow’s game in Sydney, most-likely replacing Joe Mennie who has struggled in his two games for Melbourne. It’s said to be one of Australia’s most notorious spinning decks, if that’s the case Cameron Boyce and Mohammad Nabi should have a big say in this upcoming game. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring back the experienced Cameron White against the Sixers, short boundaries are the 35-year-old’s bread and butter in the BBL. An interesting stat for the Renegades in BBL08 is their leading run-scorer for the tournament, Sam Harper with 189 averaging just 27. That’s where Tom Cooper and dropped-wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman have been rather disappointing, experience certainly hasn’t won them any fans apart from Hurricanes recruit Dan Christian in 2018-19.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Sydney Sixers | BBL | 32nd match | Sydney
- Tom Curran
- Daniel Hughes
- Sean Abbott
- Moises Henriques
- Steve O’Keefe
Wildcard pick – Josh Philippe
Top 5 fantasy picks | Melbourne Renegades | BBL | 32nd match | Sydney
- Marcus Harris
- Mohammad Nabi
- Kane Richardson
- Dan Christian
- Cameron Boyce
Wildcard pick – Cameron White
Sydney Sixers (possible) – 1. Daniel Hughes 2. Jack Edwards 3. James Vince 4. Moises Henriques © 5. Jordan Silk 6. Josh Philippe (wk) 7. Tom Curran 8. Sean Abbott 9. Steve O’Keefe 10. Ben Dwarshuis 11. Ben Manenti/Lloyd Pope.
Melbourne Renegades (possible) – 1. Marcus Harris 2. Sam Harper (wk) 3. Mackenzie Harvey/Cameron White 4. Tom Cooper © 5. Mohammad Nabi 6. Dan Christian 7. Beau Webster 8. Jack Wildermuth 9. Cameron Boyce 10. Kane Richardson 11. Harry Gurney.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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