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Big Bash: Melbourne Renegades profile

Melbourne Renegades will be out to build on the improvement they made last season when they tackle the BBL 13 campaign.

The Renegades have just one Big Bash title to their name, but there were signs of them being a franchise on the up as they finished third on the ladder last season.

They have also made a couple of shrewd signings ahead of the new season and can be backed at 10.00 to go all the way and win the Big Bash League.

Let’s take a closer look at the Melbourne Renegades as the new BBL campaign fast approaches.

Big Bash League history

There would have been high hopes for the Renegades when the Big Bash League started back in 2011/12, but it has been disappointing to say the least.

The Renegades were crowned BBL Champions in the 2018/19 campaign, when they beat their arch rivals the Melbourne Stars in the final.

In the 2012/13 season they also finished top of the ladder, winning the minor premiership, before losing in the semi-finals.

There have been plenty of lean years for the Renegades as they failed to build on the success of the 2018/19 season.

They did not make finals in the three subsequent seasons, picking up three wooden spoons in the process, but showed signs of recovery last season when finishing third.

There are high hopes that BBL 13 could be another strong campaign for the Renegades, although they are priced at 4.50 to finish bottom. Only the Stars are a shorter price at 4.20.

Renegades make some big signings

The Renegades have made a real statement of intent with the captures of Joe Clarke, Quinton de Kock and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

All three signings are great additions to the Renegades ranks and will boost their chances of having a strong campaign.

The capture of Clarke from the Stars is a massive signing. The wicketkeeper/batsman scored 800 runs for them, averaging 30.76, which shows he can thrive for the Renegades as well.

Clarke can be backed at 5.50 to be Team – Top Batter, while De Kock is priced at 4.50, Aaron Finch 3.25 and Sean Marsh 2.75.

Which shows the strength of the Renegades batting line-up.

Another big addition for the Renegades this season is World Cup winning spin bowler Adam Zampa.

Zampa is available at 3.50 to be Team – Top Bowler, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has signed on for a second year can be backed at 7.50.

Bell on board for Renegades

The Renegades have also strengthened their coaching ranks with the addition of former England Test batsman Ian Bell.

Bell has previous coaching experience in the BBL with Hobart Hurricanes, while he also played for the Perth Scorchers.

Renegades head coach David Saker will now have a bit more experience to call on, with Bell named as his assistant for the season ahead.

Melbourne Renegades fixtures

The Renegades have a tough opening to the season with games against two of the hot fancies to win the whole thing.

First up they will travel to take on the Sydney Sixers on Friday 8th December before a home clash against Perth Scorchers two days later.

Another home game against Brisbane Heat follows before trips to Hobart and Perth.

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