BBL2021-22: Melbourne Renegades Coach Signals Changes in the Squad Ahead of Next Season
The Melbourne Renegades’ dismal showing in the BBL 2021-22 continues as they lose miserably against the Melbourne Stars in their second Melbourne Derby encounter. Concerned Melbourne Renegades coach David Baker has indicated to make changes to the squad ahead of the BBL 12.
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The Renegades and Stars locked horns at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium on Thursday night in the 46th match of the tournament. Having won only three games out of 11, Renegades were expected to win their second encounter of the Melbourne Derby to keep their hopes alive for the tournament. But they failed to improve their streak and their dismal showing in the game has practically ended their run in the tournament. Only two batters reached double digit scores and the renegades somehow managed to put 7/122 on the board, which the Stars chased comfortably. Here’s the big bash league live score. Check it here.
“It hasn’t been good enough, there’s no doubt, we can’t shy away from that,”
Saker said after the six-wicket loss to the Stars. The Renegades currently sit at the bottom of the points table with three losses in 12 games.
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Renegades Eyeing New Contracts
Saker took over the coaching charge from Michael Klinger ahead of this season and is now looking to rope in new talent as the contracts of many players end after this season. We have our own cricket prediction. Read more here.
“There’s quite a lot of players on our list that aren’t contracted next year so we’ve got some meetings to be had in the next week or so about that and we’ll make some decisions on players if we keep them in and if we don’t.
“We also need to go out and recruit some players and obviously after the three years we’ve had, the performances aren’t really good enough, so we’re going to have to get some players in.”
The Melbourne Renegades were winners of BBL 08, but have been in poor form since. They have now lost 29 games out of 40 since beating the Melbourne Stars to the title BBL 08 and have even ended at the bottom in two seasons since. Baker believes two to three changes instead of overhauling the whole team would be a better option.
“I just think we need to get two or three spots locked in, just change our side a little bit,”
He also spoke of roping in overseas players who have prospects for playing the whole season rather than having mere guest appearances.
“Overseas players will play a big role (but) we don’t know what’s happening there next year, that could be a draft system or get your own again. There’s some players in other sides out of contract, there’s some players in our side that are out of contract … but we’ll be definitely looking to recruit some players in.”
“We didn’t want to ferry one or two in for two or three games – I found that looking at other franchises that have done that it hasn’t always work as well even though they’ve had big names.”
Concerns over Renegades Batting
The renegades have averaged 128 runs with the bat this season, have scored less than 125 runs four times this season and have breached the score of 155 runs only once. The highest average among their batters is of Aaron Finch with 28.62. No batter averages in the 30s, unlike other teams that have many batters with 30 or higher averages. Speaking on the dismal batting performance, Baker said:
“We’ve had 12 goes with the bat and only two of them have been of any significance. One chasing 208 (against the Perth Scorchers) and one chasing a Brisbane Heat team that had grade players in it, so we know where we’re at, we’re nowhere near where we need to be.
“We’ve got some young players but there’s also some very good experienced players in our group … so particularly with the bat, we should be performing a lot better.
“Going into this year, I honestly thought we’d be giving the finals a really good crack.
“The one thing that’s probably frustrating everyone is the effort is there, the group are really trying their hardest to get better and contribute but the performances haven’t been (there).
BBL Still not over for Melbourne Renegades
Despite poor performances, the Melbourne Renegades are technically not out of BBL 11 and have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs.
“But the reality is we’re still a chance, which is amazing and that’s probably going to keep everyone up and about for the next few days. You never know, we’re going to have to play some good cricket and probably rely on a few other sides not playing as well, but we could sneak in.”
They will take on the Hobart Hurricanes in their next game on January 18. Here’s our recent 10cric review. Read the full review here.