We take a look at Thursday nights BBL Big Bash match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena. The Renegades head the market although it will be a much closer match in our opinion to kick off the series for both teams. View our Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Preview and Tips.
When: 20:00 | Thursday 21/12/2017
With Tim Paine on Test duty, a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of George Bailey, who has been wowing them in domestic cricket and should feast on the shorter boundaries in Hobart.
Ben McDermott offered one of the few bright spots in a dismal 2016/17 addition for the Canes with the second highest BBL score in history during their record run chase against these same opponents, although the challenge is for him to maintain a greater level of consistency.
Their ‘X-Factor’ may come from little known Barbados allrounder Jofra Archer, who should provide some fire to a bowling attack that otherwise lacks potency.
The Renegades have had a considerable overhaul of personnel with Brad Hodge back in Melbourne after a stint with the Strikers, while Kane Richardson is another useful pick up from Adelaide.
Indeed, with the likes of Cameron White and the evergreen Brad Hogg (still killing them at 47) also on their books, the Renegades might be said to resemble ‘Dad’s Army’.
Captain Aaron Finch looks primed for another solid campaign after trailing only Dunk at the top of the run charts last time (354 at 44 with four individual 50s).
Expecting the Renegades to break into the finals and they can get off to a winning start.
Hobart Hurricanes $2.05
Melbourne Renegades $1.77
Tip: Melbourne Renegades $1.77
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