Melbourne Renegades will be out to create history
THE Melbourne Renegades will be out to create history at Etihad Stadium tonight by beating the Perth Scorchers for the first time in the Big Bash League.
Both teams have started the season with a win and a loss, the Scorchers bouncing back to their best with an emphatic nine-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat at the WACA on Saturday night.
The Scorchers' attack fired on all cylinders in that clash, Englishman David Willey taking 1-15, including a wicket-maiden, to claim man of the match honours.
Returning left-arm fast bowler Jason Behrendorff took two wickets, while seamer Andrew Tye finished with 3-23.
Evergreen spinner Brad Hogg was also back to his best with 1-15. Scorchers coach Justin Langer believes Hogg is the "best spin bowler in the competition", despite also being the oldest at 44.
The Renegades opened their campaign with a seven-wicket win against the Heat in Brisbane, before suffering a three-wicket loss to the Sydney Sixers despite reaching a competitive 4-172.
The Melbourne outfit will be hoping dynamic openers Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle can combine for a big partnership after making 38 against the Heat, and just 18 against the Sixers.
The Renegades have made two changes to their 13-man squad for the clash, bringing in Cameron Gannon and Matt Short for Cameron Stevenson and Guy Walker.
Gannon, a member of the Brisbane Heat squad for the first four seasons of the BBL competition, is yet to debut for the Renegades after being signed as an injury replacement for Nick Winter.
Meanwhile the Sydney Thunder moved to the top of the ladder for the first time after downing the Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets on Monday night.
The Thunder hasn't finished higher than second last in its previous four seasons, but is now the only undefeated team in BBL 05 with three straight wins.
- APN SPORTS BUREAU