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Match Preview: Scorchers v Renegades

08 January 2018

The Melbourne Renegades are running hot after four wins from their opening five games, but there is no greater challenge than taking on the Scorchers in Perth.

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades


Monday January 8

6:25pm (AWST)/9:25pm (AEDT)

The squads

Renegades: Aaron Finch (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Marcus Harris, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Jon Holland, Tim Ludeman, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Matt Short, Cameron White, Jack Wildermuth

Scorchers: Adam Voges (captain), Ashton Agar, Will Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, Tim David, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Willey

The coverage:


Twitter: @RenegadesBBL

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TV: Channel 10 from 6:15pm (AWST)/9:15pm (AEDT)

The weather:

A top of 34 during the day, dipping to around 28 when play gets underway.

The key match-ups:

Aaron Finch v Mitch Johnson

The Renegades captain is in top form after a half century in Geelong against the Sixers and smashing 43 off 22 balls to turn the game in the side's win over the Stars.  Johnson is conceding just 5.56 runs per over and picked up 3-13 when the side's met ten days ago.  The ability of the Renegades top order to not only keep Johnson's wicket tally down, but also score off the former Australian paceman will be crucial.

Mohammad Nabi v Michael Klinger

The Afghan international is coming off a man of the match performance against the Stars.  He picked up the key wicket of Kevin Pietersen and also top scored with 52 runs off 30 balls.  Klinger is the glue in the Scorchers batting order.  He provides stability at the top of the order.  Nabi captured 1-16 off four overs when these side's last met, but Klinger withstood his guile to post a run-a-ball 37 and lead the Scorchers to victory.

Cameron White v Andrew Tye

White has started his Big Bash campaign in brilliant fashion.  He's already posted 217 runs at a healthy average of 108.5.  Tye has taken 14 wickets and is about to join the Australian One-Day squad.  They are two of the in-form players in the competition and their battle will be pivotal.

The form:

The Renegades and Scorchers are among four teams locked on eight points.  They have each won four of their five games, with the Renegades loss coming at the hands of the Scorchers late last month.  The winner of this game will move to outright top of the ladder.

Player to watch:

Brad Hogg has delighted fans right across the country, but particularly in Perth where he made his name.  He returns to the WACA in opposition colours for the first time and will be keen to show his former teammates he's lost none of the skill that made him one of the best spinners in limited overs cricket in the world.  Hogg has been in good form for the Renegades.  He's conceded just seven runs per over and picked up six wickets along the way.