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BBL fantasy picks: Weatherald could make the difference again

Jake Weatherald gave the Strikers a blazing start Getty Images2:42 AM ETArjun NamboothiriDecember 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers in MelbourneOur XI: Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Matthew Short, Beau Webster, Dan Christian, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan, Kane Richardson, Billy StanlakeNOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a…

BBL fantasy picks: Weatherald could make the difference again
Jake Weatherald gave the Strikers a blazing start Getty Images

2:42 AM ET

  • Arjun Namboothiri

December 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers in Melbourne

Our XI: Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Matthew Short, Beau Webster, Dan Christian, Harry Conway, Rashid Khan, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about a late injury (or other relevant) updates

Captain: Jake Weatherald

The Renegades bowlers have been off-colour so far and Weatherald’s explosive 83 in the last game makes him the hottest prospect for captain. He can’t be ignored anyway, and if you are picking him, might as well go all in.

Vice-captain: Shaun Marsh

With a top order short on confidence, the Renegades will bank on their top-scorer so far yet again. With scores of 37, 55 and 42, he is dependable and is a safe pick for vice-captaincy.

Hot picks

Alex Carey

We’d push for Carey to be a captaincy option had it not been for his batting position – No. 4. His fifty against the Perth Scorchers was a quick one, and you can bank on his reliability for points.

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Aaron Finch

The only batsman apart from Marsh who is reliable enough as far as the Renegades are concerned. Finch’s team has lost three in three, but Finch looked good so far, especially in scoring 50 in the last game.

Rashid Khan

A no-brainer. Your first bowler on the list. Rashid has 40 wickets in his last two seasons plus the two games this season. He loves it in the BBL, and you might want to consider him for captaincy too, especially after the three-for in the last game.

Value picks

Beau Webster: He showed his class in Perth with a 37-ball 67 and we haven’t seen anybody from the Renegades striking the ball so good this BBL.

Harry Conway: A five-for in his last Sheffield Shield game, and then 2 for 32 in the Strikers’ win over the Perth Scorchers – Conway is in good wicket-taking form.

Point to note

The Strikers batsmen are hot prospects against a bowling side that is looking out of sorts at the moment. The average first-innings score at this ground is 141, so middle-order batsmen and batting allrounders could do well.

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