The Melbourne Renegades can lay claim to being the only side from Victoria to have won a Big Bash League title, when they beat Melbourne rivals, the Stars in BBL08.
But their history has still been filled with inconsistencies. They’ve missed the finals more times than they’ve made them, and they’re also coming off back-to-back wooden spoons, meaning it’s time to shape up. Will 2021 be different? Find out here.
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Melbourne Renegades season preview
The success of their BBL08 campaign in the 2018-2019 season has faded quickly. Since that point, they’ve won just seven of 28 matches. Last season, they finished eight points adrift of the second last Melbourne Stars. Improvement is needed in a big way and 2021 does not look good for the team either.
The recruitment of cross-town rival Nic Maddinson to the squad is a welcome one and a good sign for 2021 for Melbourne Renegades. A consummate professional, Maddison is a smart stroke player who can turn a match on its head. The 29-year-old has amassed 1,741 runs at a strike rate of 124.54 across 90 BBL games.
Unfortunately, that’s the only real change the Melbourne Renegades can lay claim to, so it will be up to the rest of the squad to conjure up a form reversal.
Aaron Finch will once again captain the Melbourne Renegades in 2021. Ever a loyal servant, Finch has only ever played for the Melbourne side, making his debut in the 2011 season. Along the way, he became the first player to collect 1,000 runs in the competition, doing so all the way back in 2015. And, let’s not forget he holds the record for not only the highest international T20 score with 172 against Zimbabwe but also the third-highest score, having notched 156 against England back in 2013.
So it’s safe to say that if the Renegades are to have any hope this season, much of it will come on the back of the form of their inspirational captain Aaron Finch. He will, however, receive support from the likes of Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris, two extremely experienced campaigners who will help to prop up batting stocks.
Melbourne Renegades fixtures
Here you can find out what time the Melbourne Renegades play today as well as upcoming live BBL games, along with the sports streaming providers showing them.
|Renegades vs Strikers||Tue, Dec 7||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Strikers vs Renegades||Thu, Dec 9||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Heat vs Renegades||Mon, Dec 13||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Renegades vs Scorchers||Wed, Dec 22||7.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
|Scorchers vs Renegades||Sun, Dec 26||9.15pm||Foxtel / Kayo / Seven|
How to watch Melbourne Renegades live
If you enjoy BBL action, then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every BBL game from every round Live and in HD, including the finals. Select games across the season will also be available on Free to Air with Channel Seven.
Stream the Melbourne Renegades with Kayo Sports
You can watch the Melbourne Renegades with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. You do not need to use the platform on a browser on your laptop anymore! With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same BBL broadcasts as Fox Cricket, so you can stream all Renegades games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after the play has concluded. Other Kayo features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, No Spoilers, and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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Watch Melbourne Renegades with Foxtel
Fox Cricket can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality, and more.
You also have the option to watch the Melbourne Renegades matches online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10-day free trial that you can access from any browser. This option also includes the ability to stream all Big Bash games, including Melbourne Renegades using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month), which you can only purchase on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your trial. You can reach out via email or phone to get more details.
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Stream Melbourne Renegades cricket games with Telstra
Telstra customers can get great deals for watching the Melbourne Renegades on both Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now. With the Telstra Kayo Offer, you can get a $10 per month reduction on Basic ($15/month) and Premium ($25/month) plans. The Foxtel Now Telstra offer gives you the first month for free, meaning you will only need to pay for the sports pack ($29) on top. Both of these options come as part of a 12-month contract, and you can start now in 2021! Stream all sports, including the women’s matches and determine streaming settings with Telstra.
Cheapest way to watch sport on Kayo this season
The best offer for Kayo is on Telstra this season. As a Telstra customer, get $10 off per month your Kayo subscription (so that’s just $15/month)! Claim this before 31 May 2022.
Watch Melbourne Renegades on Channel 7
Selected Melbourne Renegades games across the Big Bash season are available to watch free to air via Seven and their streaming platform, 7Plus. That is a great option if you are a neutral fan, but not ideal if you want to watch every Melbourne Renegades game from every round.
Melbourne Renegades games to watch this season
Being one part of a ‘two-team town’ naturally means there is bound to be some sparks, but the Renegades have also attracted heat outside of Victoria. Cricket is not just a sport for fanatics in Melbourne, after all. Here are a few important matches the team will play that you need to look out for this season.
Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades
Who could forget Samuels v Warne in BBL02. It sounds like a title fight, and in some ways, it was. In January 2013, spin king Shane Warne – playing for the Melbourne Stars, butted heads with the Renegades’ Marlon Samuels. The dispute emerged after Warne took exception to Samuels’ apparent grabbing of David Hussey’s shirt. Tempers continued to flare, resulting in Warne grabbing Samuels’ shirt front and hurling expletives at him. Samuels’ night was ended when pace bowler Lasith Malinga fired a scorching ball that hit Samuels’ helmet and resulted in him leaving the field with a bloodied mouth.
There were always going to be fireworks with a local derby, but this incident has served as the most heated point between the two Melbourne clubs. Of course, the Melbourne Renegades have since had the last laugh, defeating the Stars in the BBL08 final, though the Stars have a 13-5 advantage in the overall head to heads.
Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades
This rivalry is purely embedded in results. BBL07 marked the first time Renegades had made the finals in five years. In a dramatic match, tensions between Strikers spin bowler Rashi Khan and the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard bubbled to the surface on several occasions. Needing three to win off the final ball, the Strikers Ben Laughlin delivered a wicket and, in turn, delivered the Strikers their first shot at a BBL title, claiming the victory 178 to 177. Since then, there’s been added spice between the two squads.
Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat
Melbourne Renegades and Brisbane Heat are two teams that get the most amount of attention from people. They are both striving to reach the top of the game, and in absolutely no time, they will be able to achieve this. This match is one that you do not want to miss. The cricket on show when these two come together is always dazzling.
Sydney Sixers vs. Melbourne Renegades
Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers have always been two teams that go at it. The last match between the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Renegades at the BBL in 2021 had everyone at the edge of their seats.
One of the highlights of the 2021 game was that Nabi was able to take two wickets all by himself. This excellent bowling really proved to be an asset for the team. Melbourne Renegades chose to set the chase at at 169. Many considered it to be the highlight of this BBL season in 2021. However, it was very easy for the Sixers to get their head in the game and get the runs required. Can the Renegades return the favour this year?
Melbourne Renegades players
The BBL has seen some of the best players in the world come together to play matches that are general. The team is only as good as its players, and the Renegades line-up has some real stars. Here is a list of the top Melbourne Renegade cricket players competing in the tournament in 2021.
Aaron Finch is the captain of the cricket team and has led the Melbourne Renegades into quite a few victories over the years. Last season may not have been how they planned it, yet he used his skill to keep the team ticking over. He is among the top batsmen in the country and is loyal to the Melbourne Renegades!
The Melbourne Renegades were searching for a fast bowler like Noor for years until they finally convinced him to join the team and play cricket in BBL. He is an excellent left-hand spinner and is one of the top youngest bowlers in the league today. 2021 was an excellent year for him and he will only grow this term.
While Zak wasn’t always a Twenty20 specialist, he recently took the world of Australian cricket by storm. He has been a part of the Melbourne Renegades for years since the BBL 08. His right-arm leg-spin makes him a top bowler capable of slowing down chases.
Sam Harper is well known as the keeper-batsmen for Melbourne Renegades. He is young, talented, and passionate about cricket, which is proven every time plays. His sheer love for cricket makes him a major asset for the Melbourne Renegades.
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Stream Big Bash with your favourite Device
Here are some of the best devices to use when streaming sport on your home TV and mobile device.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)