2017-18 Big Bash League – Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades Preview

When? Thursday, 21st December

Where? Blundstone Arena

Weather? Cloud expected but showers are unlikely with temperatures of around 20c expected

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.hobarthurricanes.co...

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W1, Melbourne Renegades W4
All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W2, Melbourne Renegades W4

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: George Bailey

  • This match represents the first game for Gary Kirsten as coach of the Hobart Hurricanes and his arrival as one of the most reputable coaches around has been met with great hope and expectation.
  • The Hurricanes' 13-man squad for this game features six new faces as fast bowler Tymal Mills, West Indian star Jofra Archer, Alex Doolan, Matthew Wade, Nathan Reardon and Aaron Summers are all named.
  • They will not be able to count on Tim Paine who is with the Australian national team but they have hopes for 22-year-old Jofra Archer who is making a name for himself as a top class all-rounder.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: David Saker

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • The Renegades have made significant changes to their squad for BBL07 as they aim to improve their performance in the competition which has largely been overshadowed by their Melbourne rivals.
  • The Renegades have six new faces in their 13-man squad like their opponents here with Tim Ludeman, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Richardson, Xavier Crone and Jack Wildermuth as well as the returning veteran Brad Hodge all expected to play.
  • They will not be able to count on star signing Kieran Pollard as he is not available until he has finished his international duty with the West Indies so Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammed Nabi is his replacement until he arrives in Melbourne.

PREDICTION
Both of these teams are likely to rely heavily on their respective captains and star players with George Bailey for Hobart and Aaron Finch for the Renegades carrying a huge amount of responsibility. The Renegades have historically had the edge over the Hurricanes but that seems irrelevant given the fact both teams have so many new faces. The Melbourne side have the greater experience however and it will likely be their wily veterans like the two Brads (Hogg & Hodge) that will edge the game for them.