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Semi-Final Preview: Strikers v Renegades

01 February 2018

The Melbourne Renegades will be out to create history when they take on Adelaide Strikers in the semi-final on Friday night.

Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Renegades

Semi-Final

Friday February 2, 7:40pm (AEDT)/7:10pm (ACDT)

Adelaide Oval

The Squads:

Renegades: Cameron White (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Joe Mennie, Kieron Pollard, Matt Short, Chris Tremain, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth

Strikers: Travis Head (captain), Colin Ingram, Harry Nielsen, Wes Agar, Jono Dean, Rashid Khan, Ben Laughlin, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Liam O'Connor, Peter Siddle, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells

The weather:

A clear evening with a top of 30 during the day.

The key notes:

- Cricket Australia has cleared the way for Travis Head to rejoin his Adelaide teammates.  The Strikers skipper was set to miss the match after his call-up to the Australian T20 squad, but he's been given the green light to play on Friday before returning to the Australian set-up on Saturday.  The Renegades will be without Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson due to national duties, while the Strikers will be missing Billy Stanlake and Alex Carey.

- Cameron White is back to lead the Renegades.  He leads the side's run scoring this season with 302 at the impressive average of 100.67.  White will bolster a top order that has been in brilliant form in the last two matches.  Marcus Harris, Matt Short and Tom Cooper all scored half centuries last week.

- Dwayne Bravo has been the key with the ball for the Renegades all season.  He's picked up 17 wickets this campaign.  With Kane Richardson out, Bravo's overs at the death will take on extra importance.

- This is just the second time the Renegades have reached the finals.  The last time was in BBL02.  Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper were part of that side that went down to the Brisbane Heat in the semi-final.

The man to watch:

Kieron Pollard is a proven performer on the big stage and a big contribution against his former side would be extra sweet.  Richardson's absence opens the door for Pollard to play a bigger role with the ball, while the short boundaries square of the wicket will enthuse the big hitting West Indian.