When the two teams last met two weeks ago, the Strikers batting combination of Alex Carey, Travis Head and Colin Ingram gave the team early momentum putting on a combined 158 runs in a dominant performance.
Returning captain Cameron White, also highlighted the clinical performance of the Strikers’ bowling unit, particularly that of Rashid Khan.
“When we played them at Etihad Stadium, their bowling unit didn’t miss a trick,” said White
“Rashid Khan is the best bowler in the competition and is quite difficult to play against.
“It’s a little bit of a different make-up for them now, so hopefully they’re a little unsettled.”
While handling Khan’s variations of spin and speed will prove a large task for the batsmen, White was also weary of properly managing the impact which the Strikers’ Ingram can have with the bat.
“We’ve got to make sure we stick to executing our plans towards him (Ingram) this time around.
“That’s one match-up we’re going to have to get right. He’s been a key for them all series.”
The Strikers, however, will be without the important batting duo of Alex Carey and Travis Head, as well as bowler Billy Stanlake – who all earned a spot in the Australian T20 team.
While the Renegades will lose the influence of fast-bowler Kane Richardson, they do regain the composure, experience and run-scoring ability of White.
Returning after a stint with the Australain ODI team, White is confident he can return to the form which saw him quickly rise through the ranks of most dominant batsmen in the current Big Bash season.
With 302-runs on the board, and an average of 100.67, the 34-year old will further strengthen the Renegades batting line-up who have found some form over the last few week.
White spoke highly of his teammates’ performance in recent weeks.
Watching from afar, he admired the Renegades’ ability to excecute the plans and procedures put into place during training, and begin to truly perform with both the bat and ball.
“I thought the last game was the best game all-round for us for the year. Not just with the results, but with how we executed our plans.
“I think it was a really good, solid game.
“I think we can draw a lot on that going forward into the finals, a lot of momentum and confidence that we can execute under pressure.”
The Renegades’ first finals appearance since BBL02 kicks off this Friday at 7:40pm (AEDT).
If the Renegades are able to come away with the win, they will either travel to Perth to face the Scorchers, or return to Melbourne for a home final against the Hurricanes.