Saturday’s Big Bash 2016/2017 Round 3 match is between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. The match is set to commence at 19:10 local time with the game to be played in Melbourne at the Etihad Stadium. The away team Melbourne Stars are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars.
When: 19:10 | Saturday 07/01/2017
Where: Melbourne, Etihad Stadium
Has there been a changing of the guard in Melbourne? That’s the question on everybody’s lips with the Renegades.
So long in the shadow of their big brother, they’re finally starting to emerge as a potential powerhouse of this competition after inflicting their first derby defeat on the Stars for four years.
Brad Hogg’s impact has been tangible and his love of the contest has been infectious amongst teammates.
One area of concern however, is the injury sustained by Dwayne Bravo with replacement Trent Lawford leaking 47 runs off his four overs and serving up plenty of pies to be dispatched in the process.
The Stars are likely to target his medium-paced wobblies heavily.
David Hussey’s outfit have a shortish turnaround from their gut-wrenching final ball loss to the previously winless Thunder midweek, a match they seemingly had in their keeping until Eion Morgan’s late heroics.
Kevin Pietersen looked in good nick while posting a classy 60 in Sydney on Wednesday night, although a groin strain prevented him from fielding and his fitness will be monitored ahead of this.
It will be interesting to gauge the reaction of his experienced teammates after he accused them of falling victim to panic and a forceful on-field response is anticipated.
Tip: Melbourne Stars at $1.80
Value Bet: Melbourne Stars/Glenn Maxwell at $6.50
Melbourne Renegades squad
Aaron Finch (c), Tom Beaton, Dwayne Bravo, Tom Cooper, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Marcus Harris, Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Nathan Rimmington, Peter Siddle, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Matthew Short, Cameron White, Nick Winter.
Melbourne Stars squad
David Hussey (c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa.
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Sam Groth loses at Brisbane tennis
Jordan Thompson is the last remaining Australian in the men’s draw of the Brisbane International after wildcard Sam Groth lost his second-round match in straight sets.
Groth was clinically disposed of by world No.8 Dominic Thiem, who claimed a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Both players held serve throughout a tense opening set but an overblown forehand from Groth handed Thiem the tiebreaker, and the ascendancy along with it.
The Austrian fourth seed then seized the moment when his break point chance arrived in the second set and he wrapped up the match with no trouble.
Thiem, who had a first-round bye, will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals after the Bulgarian defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-2-6-4 earlier on Thursday.
For Groth, who is only playing in Brisbane because of a hip injury to John Millman, there were still some encouraging signs for the summer ahead as he looks to climb back up the ATP rankings following a disappointing 2016 campaign.
His booming serve was on song early, but Thiem matched him in that department, and he also failed to convert any of his four break opportunities.
World No.180 Groth has a wildcard spot at the Australian Open later this month.