GameDay Squad AUS Cricket Round 16 Preview: The Melbourne Renegades take on the Adelaide Strikers in the 18th match of BBL13 in Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Friday the 29th of December.
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Melbourne Renegades: 1. Joe Clarke, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. Jake Fraser-McGurk, 4. Mackenzie Harvey, 5. Aaron Finch, 6. Jono Wells, 7. Will Sutherland, 8. Tom Rogers, 9. Kane Richardson, 10. Adam Zampa, 11. Mujeeb ur Rahman
Adelaide Strikers: 1. Matt Short, 2. D'Arcy Short, 3. Chris Lynn, 4. Adam Hose, 5. Jake Weatherald, 6. Jamie Overton, 7. James Bazley, 8. Harry Nielsen, 9. Wes Agar, 10. Cameron Boyce,11. David Payne
Start Vs Sit
Batters - Jonathan Wells vs Adam Hose
Both players have had mixed performances with the bat so far, Wells is averaging 31 points and Hose is averaging 28 points. Wells usually comes in at six in the Renegades batting order and this is a little low for my liking. Especially when you have the likes of QDK, Clarke and JFM coming in before him. Hose is a great finisher for the Strikers but he can knuckle down and graft out a decent innings when required. There isn't much between these batsmen to be honest and I'm leaning towards Hose. Simply because I think he has more of a chance to spend time at the crease due to where he bats in the batting order.
Start: Adam Hose
All-Rounder - D'Arcy Short vs James Bazley
After an impressive half century against the Thunder, Short didn't really trouble the scorers against the Sixers and was dismissed for only three runs. Bazley has been having disappointing BBL13 from a fantasy point of view and averages 26 points. It's not that his performances have been disappointing, it's been the opportunities he's been given. He's coming in at seven in the Strikers batting order and has only bowled three overs across the two matches that he has played. Due to his limited opportunities, I'll be avoiding Bazley for now.
Start: D'Arcy Short
Bowler - Kane Richardson vs Adam Zampa
Who to start out of Richardson and Zampa is a coin flip in my opinion. Richardson has picked up four wickets and averages 33 points, Zampa has picked up four wickets and averages 27 points. Bowlers have found it tough going at Marvel Stadium over the last couple of years but pace bowlers tend to perform better. There isn't much in it but I'm leaning towards starting Richardson, only because of the game being at Marvel. In saying this, pace bowlers have struggled against the Strikers batsmen in BBL13. If the Strikers bowl second, Boyce might even sneak into my starting side. At this stage, I have Richardson ranked just in front of Zampa and Boyce.
Start: Kane Richardson
This is a good matchup for the Strikers middle order
Bowlers haven't scored well against the Strikers
This is a bad matchup for the Renegades middle order
Opening batsmen in the first innings haven't had a lot of success
Spin bowlers haven't scored well here when bowling first
Middle order batsmen have scored well in the second innings
Matt Short will have his third 100+ point performance of the season.
Who to play in your GDS starting XI
BAT - Jake Fraser-McGurk
BAT - Chris Lynn
BAT - Adam Hose
ALL - Matt Short
ALL - Jamie Overton
ALL - Will Sutherland
ALL - D'Arcy Short
WK - Quinton de Kock
BWL - Tom Rogers
BWL - Wes Agar
BWL - Kane Richardson