Big Bash 2022-23 match preview: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers

Key match-ups, analysis, form, team news, weather forecast, tickets, TV and streaming information, odds, predictions and more ahead of the latest encounter in the 2022/23 Big Bash

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What's the match?

Melbourne Renegades will host Adelaide Strikers in match 54 of the 2022/23 Big Bash, the 12th edition of the tournament.

When is it taking place?

The game is scheduled to start at 7.15pm local time (8.15am GMT) on Tuesday, January 24.

Where is the match being played?

The game will be played at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. 

Who's got the form?

Though the line-up for the Qualifier is already set, there remains plenty still to be decided in the final round of regular season matches.

Melbourne Renegades start the game fourth in the table, knowing avoiding defeat will be enough to secure a playoff spot.

Indeed, they will have half an eye on leapfrogging Brisbane Heat and securing a third-place finish, which will see them progress to the Knockout and face the winner of the Eliminator.

Heat face Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday (January 25) but with a poorer net run rate will need to match whatever Renegades do, due to their poorer net run rate.

It is arguably a bigger day for the Strikers, who must win to stand any chance of progressing.

Two points behind Sydney Thunder and Renegades at the start of play, defeat will end hopes of adding to their only BBL title won in 2017/18.

In their previous meeting, Strikers prevailed by 20 runs, after making 202 for 4 from their 20 overs. However, they have been unable to add to that January 10 victory, having lost their last four in a row.

The Renegades' form is not much better, having lost three of their last four.

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Aaron Finch (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

What's the key match-up?

Aaron Finch has enjoyed a welcome return to form during the BBL, scoring 355 runs at 35.50, albeit it at a sedate strike rate of 123.69.

Australia's T20 captain went some way to amending that with a blistering 76 not out from 35 balls against Scorchers, smashing seven fours and five sixes.

Coming in at No.4, he'll likely come in against Colin de Grandhomme, whose medium pace in the middle overs has been expensive.

The Kiwi has returned an economy rate of 9.26 from 23 overs, claiming just five wickets at 42.60.

What's the weather forecast?

There is a 30 per cent chance of rain in Melbourne, with forecasters expecting a cloudy, unsettled day around the city.

What is the team news?

Kane Richardson is back in the Renegades' squad after missing the match against Perth Scorchers with soreness. A 16-player match has been confirmed for the match.

Strikers are without Ben Manenti with an ankle injury while Thomas Kelly has been left out. Ryan Gibson has been added to a 13-strong squad for the match.

What are the squads?

Melbourne Renegades: Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Will Sutherland, Jon Wells, Jack Prestwidge, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Marcus Harris, Martin Guptill (replacing Liam Livingstone, 10 group matches and finals), Corey Rocchiccioli, Peter Handscomb, Fawad Ahmed (injury replacement for Shaun Marsh), Matt Critchley (overseas replacement from January 9), David Moody

Adelaide Strikers: Wes Agar, Cameron Boyce, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Ryan Gibson, Travis Head, Adam Hose, Henry Hunt, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen, Matt Short, Jake Weatherald, Henry Thorton, Peter Siddle, Ben Manenti, Jordan Buckingham (local replacement player)

*Squads are for the whole BBL and not specific to this match

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Colin de Grandhomme (Sarah Reed/Getty Images)

What are the possible starting XIs?

Melbourne Renegades: Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Sam Harper, Aaron Finch, Jon Wells, Matt Critchley, Will Sutherland, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, David Moody, Corey Rocchiccioli

Adelaide Strikers: Matthew Short, Travis Head, Alex Carey, Adam Hose, Ryan Gibson, Colin de Grandhomme, Cameron Boyce, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway, Peter Siddle

What are the odds?

Adelaide Strikers are favourites with the bookmakers, with a best price available of 5/6. Melbourne Renegades are rank outsiders, with some outlets offering 1/1.

What's the prediction?

Renegades are within touching distance of the playoffs and after some tough times of late they should get the job done.

Are tickets available?

Yes. Tickets are available from $5 for children and $23 for adults, and can be bought via Ticketmaster. 

Where can I watch the game?

Sky Sports hold the UK rights for the BBL, with coverage split between Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Mix.

Ball-by-ball radio commentary will also be available via BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and BBC Sounds for selected matches.

Fox Sports and Seven Network both have television rights in Australia, while coverage will also be available via the streaming service Kayo. Fox will show every game, while 45 matches, including the knockout stages, will be shown free-to-air on Channel Seven.


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