2018-19 Big Bash League – Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes taking place? Monday, 7th January - 08:15 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes taking place? Marvel Stadium

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes? 23-25c with some cloud but no rain forecast

What channel is Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes? http://www.melbournerenegades.com.au/tickets

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Melbourne Renegades W5, Hobart Hurricanes W2
Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Hobart Hurricanes by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • After winning their opening two matches in BBL08, the Renegades have lost their last three and they will be desperate to halt this slide and get back to winning ways albeit against Hobart Hurricanes - the best team in the tournament so far.

  • The Renegades have been handed a major boost for this crunch match with the news that Aaron Finch has been released by Cricket Australia and he can return to captain the side and play his first match in BBL08.

  • Finch gives them a much stronger look at the top of the order and that should allow Cameron White to drop down to three so the change will benefit multiple batsmen and that should likely be the only change with either Mackenzie Harvey or Sam Harper dropping out of the line-up.

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Adam Griffith

Captain: Matthew Wade

  • Hobart Hurricanes continued their tremendous start to BBL08 with yet another win last time out against Sydney Sixers to make it five wins from five matches so far and they have comfortably been the best team in the tournament to date.

  • Due to their form they will name an unchanged squad once again but they have also benefitted from not having any international call-ups or any players departing for the Bangladesh Premier League so that has enabled them to name the same team each game and build cohesion.

  • D’Arcy Short has picked up where he left off in BBL07 as the runs are flowing already having scored 257 in just 5 innings and he will be keen to prove Cricket Australia wrong after being left out off the one-day squad for Australia to face India.

THE PREDICTION

The Renegades are struggling badly in recent matches to get going but the return of Aaron Finch is massive. Not only will it allow their batsmen like Cameron White to return to his natural position, but it will also enable Tom Cooper to focus on his game rather than captaincy also. Whether his return will be enough against this formidable Hurricanes side remains to be seen but they should be competitive. The Hurricanes have been outstanding so far, but at some point one would expect a drop in their performances. There is little to suggest they will other than the law of averages and possible complacency, but do not rule out the Renegades bouncing back and inflicting their first defeat here.