BBL 2021-22 – Bowling resources and allrounder on Melbourne Renegades’ BBL shopping list


New head coach David Saker has the task turning around the club after two miserable seasons

Strengthening the bowling stocks and finding a top-order allrounder are among new head coach David Saker’s main priorities as he tries to turn around Melbourne Renegades from back-to-back wooden spoons in the BBL.

The Renegades already have 14 of their list locked in for the 2021-22 season but Saker and his recruitment team will be looking to do some smart business over the coming months.

That may include the first BBL draft for overseas players if that innovation is brought in having been delayed by Covid-19. Saker, though, is not entirely convinced by the model. However, he has a pretty firm idea on the areas he needs to bolster after the side registered just seven wins in 28 matches over the last two seasons.

He is expecting to need to cover for the absence of James Pattinson on Australia duty – although it will be hoped that releasing players from squads may be easier next summer if fewer Covid restrictions are in place – and he wants someone in the top order to offer significant overs.

“Obviously recruiting a good overseas [player] who will be very important for us,” Saker said. “I’ve got some ideas, but we still don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, [if] there’s going to be a draft system. An allrounder who can bowl a bit and bat in your top five or six [is] pretty handy in T20 cricket, [so] you probably need one of your top six batters to bowl some overs for you.

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