The Melbourne Renegades will be out to put bitter memories of a torturous BBL10 campaign behind them as they enter the new season.
Historically they’ve been underperformers in the competition, making just one final where they triumphed back in the 2018/19 edition of the tournament.
Last season they strung together just four wins from 14 games.
This is good news for SuperCoaches leading into the 2021/22 tournament as their entire squad is arguably significantly undervalued following the poor showing.
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They don’t have a bye this season, and have a double late on in Round 11.
There’s currently uncertainty around their Round 1 line-up due to the fact they’ve announced four internationals for the season, exceeding the limit of three.
There’s been no clarification as of yet on which players will miss stints of the tournament and when.
As such, we’ve left Afghan spinner Zahir Khan out of the predicted XI, but will provide analysis should he be available from the season opener which is every chance.
There’s arguably no side with greater competition for spots, with the likes of Zak Evans, Jack Prestwidge and Nic Maddinson (also expected Australia ‘A’ commitments) currently outside our XI, but all which will fight for spots in the team.
The recent injury to Shaun Marsh – who isn’t expected back until around New Year – makes the picture a little clearer.
We’ll update the article as we get a greater idea of the likely line-up throughout the pre-season.
SAM HARPER (WKP/BAT) // $127,400 // BBL10 SC Ave: 40.8
In an underwhelming side, Harper had a solid campaign last season scoring 351 runs at 27.00, with a strike-rate of 124.02.
He’s a little awkwardly priced, but if he nabs the opening spot vacated by Shaun Marsh he’ll get ample opportunity to excel with the willow, while wicket-keeping bonus points will again prove pivotal for his SuperCoach scoring.
The season prior he averaged 41.7 SC points, and 37.6 the year before.
Following last season’s BBL, he hit form in the Marsh Cup with returns of 60 and 51, followed by an unbeaten Shield tonne for Victoria.
Most recently though he’s rarely troubled the scorers, with Shield scores of 0, 17* and 1.
Not for me from Round 1, but there is a serious case to be made if he opens the bat.
MOHAMMAD NABI (BAT/BWL) // $139,200 // BBL10 SC Ave: 44.6
Nabi has been a little hit and miss across several SuperCoach stints, but when he’s on, he’s on.
He has the ability to be a genuine SuperCoach gun and looms as a POD option early on.
In seven games last season he scored 149 runs at 24.83 with a strike-rate of 126.27. He had a top score of 71*.
He has a career T20 strike-rate of 140.46, so hopefully he can produce similar this campaign.
The official SuperCoach site isn’t providing his past stats, but he’s had some enormous seasons, more specifically patches of form throughout seasons.
He was in sublime touch with the blade for Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup, producing scores of: 14 (v NZ), 35 (v Ind), 32* (v Nam), 35* (v Pak), 11* (v Scot), 6* (v WI, warm-up) and 34* (v SA, warm-up).
Across those seven games he also took five wickets.
I won’t gamble on him early, but he has massive upside on his day.
He’s one that I’ll be watching closely in Round 1 just to see exactly how his role with both bat and ball will play out.
WILL SUTHERLAND (BAT/BWL) // $73,900 // BBL10 SC Ave: 23.7
Sutherland faces competition from Jack Prestwidge for the all-rounder role, so his spot is far from locked in.
In two recent Shield games for Victoria, he had returns of 2/14 and 1/40, along with 1/25 and 3/31.
He chipped in with the bat with scores of 23 and 5, coming in at number eight behind James Pattinson.
When you see any all-rounder at under $75k it’s hard not to get somewhat excited, but it can also be a huge trap.
I need confirmation he’d bowl 3+ overs to gain any interest, even then I’d likely leave him out of my starting XI.
He did bowl at the death at stages last season which is significant should he earn that role again.
He does have loop potential, and he could explode onto the BBL SC scene at any stage, so keep him in your black book.