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Finding The Right Balance

29 January 2018

Matt Short says the Melbourne Renegades have found the right balance heading into the finals.

The Renegades bounced back from a mid-season slump to finish the home and away games strongly with an impressive win against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Saturday night.

In only his second game of the year, Short was damaging with the bat, racing to his maiden Big Bash half-century on his way to 62 runs off 48 balls.

The new look opening combination of Marcus Harris and Short once again proved to be the difference for the Renegades, with the two piling on the highest opening wicket stand for the team in BBL07.

Speaking on RSN this morning, Short revealed that the improvement in the Renegades’ performances comes from more stability within the team.

Having lost Aaron Finch and Cameron White to the Australian ODI team, veteran Brad Hodge to injury and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi returning to play for Afghanistan, the Renegades had to dig deep to fill the massive gaps left in their starting XI.

“We spent the first half of the season with the same sort of team, with pretty minimal changes,” Short said.

“Then, to have that kind of shake-up, it took a couple of games to get used to with all the different structures.

“The guys who have come in now have found their feet, and I’m pretty confident that we can go all the way.”

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Personally, Short said his main challenge was coming into the team ‘cold’ having not played a game until the latter stages of the season.

“It’s a little bit difficult. You’re coming into your first game of the tournament after maybe five or six weeks with just training, and without any match-play.

“It’s is hard to go straight into match intensity without playing any games.

“A few of us guys were in that boat and sort of had that. We’ve started to play pretty well and it’s good to get a couple of games in a row and get that momentum coming into the finals.”

The Renegades will regain Cameron White for the semi-final against the Strikers on Thursday night, but will lose the damaging impact of Kane Richardson who departs for Australian duties.

The Strikers will be without a number of key players with Travis Head, Alex Carey and Bill Stanlake all selected in the Australian T20 team.

However, Short still believes that they should not be taken lightly, especially with the damaging impact which bowler Rashid Khan can have.

The spinner leads the BBL with most wickets taken, amassing 17 wickets so far for the year.

Short is looking forward to the challenge of facing the Strikers on their home-turf, and is confident the team will do whatever it takes to ensure the Renegades make the big-dance.

“A couple of guys were intrigued by (Khan) in Melbourne when we played them,” Short said.

“He is pretty similar to Shadab Khan who we played the other night up in Brisbane. Really fast, a bit skiddy and a little hard to pick.

“It’ll be a bit of a challenge, but one I’m looking forward to.

“The guys are keen as anything to get us in the final.”