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Melbourne Renegades
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Nickname(s)The Gades
LeagueBig Bash League
CaptainAustralia Nic Maddinson
CoachAustralia David Saker
Overseas player(s)Afghanistan Mohammed Nabi
England Reece Topley
India Unmukt Chand
Afghanistan Zahir Khan
Team information
CityMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Colours  Red
Founded2011; 10 years ago (2011)
Home groundDocklands Stadium, Melbourne
Secondary home ground(s)Kardinia Park, Geelong
Secondary ground capacity40,000[3]
BBL wins1 (2018–19)

Home kit

Away kit

Current season

The Melbourne Renegades are an Australian professional men's Twenty20 franchise cricket club based in Melbourne, the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria. They compete in the Australian Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. They are one of the most successful teams. The team is coached by David Saker and captained by Nic Maddinson.[4]


Inaugural seasons (2011–2013)[edit]

The Renegades' foundation captain was Victorian all-rounder Andrew McDonald and coached by then Victorian Bushrangers one-day coach, Simon Helmot. In their first season, the Renegades signed local state players such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes, along with Pakistani imports Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. The Renegades struggled in their first season, only winning two games against the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers respectively. Aaron Finch scored 259 runs, whilst Shahid Afridi took 10 wickets.

The 2012–13 Big Bash League season saw the Renegades release several star players including the previous seasons captain, Andrew McDonald. However, the recruitment of consistent players such as Ben Rohrer and Peter Nevill and cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan, saw the season being the Renegades most successful season to date, finishing on top of the ladder, only losing to the Perth Scorchers in the regular season. Aaron Finch also became the first Renegades player to score a century after scoring 111 from 65 balls against the Melbourne Stars. The Renegades were knocked out by the Brisbane Heat in the semi-finals, losing by 15 runs.[5]

Lean years (2013–2017)[edit]

Despite maintaining the majority of their squad from the previous season, and also recruiting Australian test bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, the Renegades struggled in the 2013–14 Big Bash League season, only winning 3 games, and in the process finishing 6th and missing the finals.

Similarly to the previous season, the Renegades headed into the 2014–15 Big Bash League season with confidence after signing Matthew Wade and Callum Ferguson in the pre-season, but failed to qualify for the finals yet again, finishing 6th. The poor run from the previous season resulted in the coach Simon Helmot being sacked.

The Renegades appointed David Saker as the new coach for the 2015–16 Big Bash League season. The Renegades also signed experienced players Cameron White, Xavier Doherty and Chris Gayle to strengthen their squad.

Renegades got a big boost by signing Brad Hogg, Sunil Narine and Thisara Perera for the 2016–17 Big Bash League season, however narrowly missed finals, finishing 5th on the table.

Successful seasons (2017–2019)[edit]

The 2017–18 Big Bash League season saw the Renegades rejuvenate their squad, with Jack Wildermuth, Mohammad Nabi, Kieron Pollard, Tim Ludeman, Kane Richardson, along with the return of inaugural 2011–12 Renegades player Brad Hodge. They qualify for the finals for the first time after 5 years; finishing 3rd on the table and winning 6 of their 10 matches. However they were knocked out in semi-final by Adelaide Strikers by one run at Adelaide Oval in front of 36,298 fans.[6]

With the retirements of Brad Hogg and Brad Hodge, the 2018–19 Big Bash League season was similar to the previous, with the Renegades making crucial signings such as Dan Christian, Cameron Boyce, Harry Gurney and Usman Shinwari. The Renegades finished the regular season in second place behind the Hobart Hurricanes, earning a home semi-final against the Sydney Sixers at Docklands. Chasing 181 runs for victory, the Renegades were 6/148, needing 33 runs from 14 balls. They chased the total down with one ball to spare thanks to Dan Christian and Kane Richardson hitting vital boundaries off the bowling of Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis. Due to cross-town rivals, the Melbourne Stars upsetting the Hurricanes in their semi-final the night before, the final was a home Melbourne Derby at Docklands two days after their victory over the Sixers.[7]

The final saw the Stars win the toss and elect to field in front of 40,816 fans.[8] They had the Renegades 5/65 after 10.2 overs, but an unbeaten 80 run partnership between Dan Christian and Tom Cooper saw the Renegades post a modest total of 145 after their 20 overs. The Renegades intiialy struggled defending the total, with the Stars being 0/93, needing 53 runs off the final 43 deliveries. What transpired next has gone down as one of the biggest "chokes" in Australian sporting history, with the Stars losing 7 wickets in the next five overs and struggling at 7/112.[9] Despite some late hitting from Adam Zampa, the Stars fell 13 runs short, giving the Renegades their first BBL title. Dan Christian was named man of the match for his match saving 38 runs off 30 balls, and 2 wickets for 33 runs off his 4 overs of bowling.[10]

Consecutive wooden spoons (2019–2021)[edit]

Following the success of the 2018–19 championship victory, coach Andrew McDonald left his role as head coach in October 2019, less than two months before the beginning of the 2019–20 Big Bash League season.[11] Michael Klinger, who had recently retired from first-class cricket, was appointed coach of the Renegades on 26 November 2019.[12] After signing Pakistani visa players Usman Shinwari and Faheem Ashraf, they pulled out on the eve of the start of the season. Their replacements were English duo Harry Gurney, who played in the BBL championship the previous season, and Richard Gleeson.[13] The Renegades struggled with injuries and form throughout the season, finishing the season in 8th position, but did finish the season on the winners list, defeating the Brisbane Heat by seven wickets.[14]

The following season in 2020–21 had a similar outcome to its predecessor. Visa recruit Imran Tahir pulled out of the season due to personal reasons, and returning Australian test bowler James Pattinson was re-called to the national team and was unavailable for selection.[15] Frontline spinner Cameron Boyce also withdrew from the season.[16] Despite winning their first match of the season against the Perth Scorchers, the Renegades hit an all-time low, losing two matches by over 100 runs, and being consistently outperformed. The season did however see the unearthing of young players such as Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Will Sutherland, Zak Evans, Mitchell Perry and Peter Hatzoglou. The Renegades finished the season in 8th position again, but did register one more victory in comparison to the previous season. Just days after the Renegades' final victory of the 2020–21 season against the Hobart Hurricanes, Michael Klinger stood down as head coach.[17] Aaron Finch also stood down as captain of the team just weeks before the start of the 2021–22 Big Bash League season, replaced by new recruit Nic Maddinson.[18]

Home ground[edit]

The Renegades have played its home games at Docklands Stadium since the league's inception in 2011. A drop-in pitch is used to facilitate cricket at the venue. At the end of the 2016–17 Big Bash League season, the stadium was rated the most entertaining venue for Twenty20 cricket in Australia.[19]

Since the 2017–18 Big Bash League season, the Renegades have also played up to 2 home matches at Kardinia Park in Geelong, approximately 70 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.[20]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 Big Bash League season saw the Renegades play home matches interstate at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast and Adelaide Oval in Adelaide due to quarantine issues. Only three home games in Victoria were played, with two at Docklands and one at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.[21]

Panoramic view of Kardinia Park in 2019.


Current squad[edit]

The current squad of the Melbourne Renegades for the 2021–22 Big Bash League season as of 4 December 2021.[22]

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
S/N Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
5 Aaron Finch Australia (1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 35) Right-handed Slow left arm orthodox
23 Jake Fraser-McGurk Australia (2002-04-11) 11 April 2002 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm leg break
14 Marcus Harris Australia (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm off break
3 Mackenzie Harvey Australia (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 21) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
18 Unmukt Chand India (1993-03-26) 26 March 1993 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm off break Visa contract
53 Nic Maddinson Australia (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox Captain
9 Shaun Marsh Australia 9 July 1983 (age 36) Left-handed Slow left arm orthodox Vice captain
James Seymour Australia 13 March 1992 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm off break Replacement player for Shaun Marsh
Jonathan Merlo Australia (1998-12-15) 15 December 1998 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Replacement player for Nic Maddinson
7 Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm off break Visa contract
12 Will Sutherland Australia (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
61 Jack Prestwidge Australia 28 February 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast
6 Sam Harper Australia (1996-12-10) 10 December 1996 (age 24) Right-handed
Pace bowlers
2 Zak Evans Australia 26 March 2000 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm fast
16 Mitchell Perry Australia 27 April 2000 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm fast medium
19 James Pattinson Australia (1990-05-03) 3 May 1990 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast
55 Kane Richardson Australia (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm fast medium Vice captain
11 Josh Lalor Australia 2 November 1987 (age 33) Right-handed Left arm fast medium
24 Reece Topley England 21 February 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Left arm medium-fast Visa contract
Spin bowlers
13 Cameron Boyce Australia (1989-07-27) 27 July 1989 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm leg break
75 Zahir Khan Afghanistan (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 22) Left-handed Left-arm unorthodox Visa contract

Former players[edit]

Some of the Renegades most important players from their inception to date, have been Aaron Finch, Sam Harper, Cameron White, Beau Webster, Tom Cooper, Ben Rohrer, Mohammad Nabi, Dwayne Bravo, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson and Nathan Rimmington.[23]

Australia Australian representatives
The following is a list of cricketers who have been signed to the Melbourne Renegades after making their debut in the national team, with the seasons they were apart of the squad in parentheses:

Visa contracted players
The following is a list of cricketers who have been signed to the Melbourne Renegades as visa-contracted players, with the seasons they were apart of the squad in parentheses:

Rookie listed players
The following is a list of cricketers who have been signed to the Melbourne Renegades as rookie-listed players, with the seasons they were apart of the squad in parentheses:


As of 18 November 2021
Name Period M W L T NR W%
Australia Andrew McDonald 2011–2012 7 2 5 0 0 28.57
Australia Aaron Finch 2012–2021 69 31 38 0 0 44.92
Australia Ben Rohrer 2013–2015 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
Australia Cameron White 2016–2018 5 1 4 0 0 20.00
Cricket West Indies Dwayne Bravo 2018 3 2 1 0 0 66.66
Netherlands Tom Cooper 2018–2019 8 4 4 0 0 50.00
Australia Dan Christian 2020 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
Australia Shaun Marsh 2020 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Australia Nic Maddinson 2021–present 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Source:Renegades captains

Team of the Decade (2011–2021)[edit]

On 28 January 2021, to celebrate the ingural decade of the club and the league, the Renegades announced their team of the decade. All 93 players who had played for the Renegades were eligible for selection, but only two overseas players were permitted in the final XI, in line with the rules for nine of the ten seasons of the competition.[24]

  1. Australia Aaron Finch (captain)
  2. Australia Shaun Marsh
  3. Australia Sam Harper (wicket-keeper)
  4. Australia Ben Rohrer
  5. Netherlands Tom Cooper
  6. Australia Dan Christian
  7. Cricket West Indies Dwayne Bravo
  8. Australia Cameron Boyce
  9. Australia Kane Richardson
  10. Australia Nathan Rimmington
  11. Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralitharan
  12. Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi (12th man)

Administration and support staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

The current administration and support staff of the Melbourne Renegades for the 2021–22 Big Bash League season as of 29 November 2021.[25]

Position Name
Head Coach Australia David Saker
List Manager Australia Andrew Lynch
Assistant Coach Australia Simon Helmot
Assistant Coach Australia Andre Borovec
Bowling Coach Australia Michael Lewis
Strength & Conditioning Coach Australia Richard Johnson
Physiotherapist Australia Nick Adcock
Source:Renegades staff

Managerial history[edit]

As of 4 November 2021
Name Period M W L NR W%
Australia Simon Helmot 2011–2015 32 15 17 0 46.88
Australia David Saker 2015–2016 8 3 5 0 37.50
Australia Andrew McDonald 2016–2019 35 20 15 0 57.14
Australia Michael Klinger 2019–2021 28 7 21 0 25.00
Australia David Saker 2021–present


Official Mascot

The official mascot of the team – 'Sledge' – was revealed on 2 November 2011 after online voting on the team's official Facebook page.[26][27]

The mascot has been described as the future of cricket. He comes from the year 2020 and wears industrial gear clad in corrugated shin pads and a futuristic helmet that hides his true identity.[28]

For the 2014–15 season a new female mascot, Willow was added, with the club also retaining the Sledge mascot.[29]

Support and fan following[edit]

The Renegades averaged 13,323 fans to their home games for the inaugural BBL season, and 13,406 supporters in their second BBL season. The average attendance increased by a huge margin in the third season when they registered an average crowd of 21,929. The fourth season had an even better average crowd of 22,324 fans for their home matches.

Their highest home attendance was to the Melbourne Derby in their third BBL season, attracting 42,837 fans.[30] The biggest non-home attendance in BBL history occurred in the 2015–16 season against the Stars, with 80,883 present.[31] Their largest non-Derby attendance was 30,018, which came in their seventh BBL season against the Perth Scorchers.

Renegades' members have steadily increased with every passing season. They reached their biggest membership mark ever for a season two weeks before the start of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season.[32]

Season Ave. home attendance Membership tally Ref.
2011–12 13,323
2012–13 13,406
2013–14 21,929 3,383 [33]
2014–15 22,301 5,510 [33]
2015–16 29,010 7,637 [34]
2016–17 30,033 8,828
2017–18 28,315
2018–19 21,703
2019–20 15,528
2020–21 7,814*

Rivalry with Melbourne Stars[edit]

When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Melbourne. With the core group of players for both sides coming from the Victoria cricket team, this rivalry automatically became widely anticipated in Melbourne. The derby between the new two teams, the Melbourne Stars and the Melbourne Renegades, quickly became hugely popular with big crowds flocking in to the derby matches at both the MCG and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. In BBL05, during the first leg of the two derbies at the MCG, it drew a record crowd of 80,883 which is the highest crowd for any domestic cricket match ever in the history of the sport.[35]

List of Melbourne Derby matches
No. Date Winner Margin Venue Attendance MoM
7 January 2012
11 runs (D/L) MCG 40,227 David Hussey
7 December 2012
8 wickets Etihad Stadium 23,589 Aaron Finch
6 January 2013
9 wickets MCG 46,581 Aaron Finch
20 December 2013
76 runs MCG 25,266 Luke Wright
4 January 2014
9 wickets Etihad Stadium 42,837 Cameron White
3 January 2015
112 runs Etihad Stadium 33,734 Michael Beer
10 January 2015
3 wickets MCG 37,323 Glenn Maxwell
2 January 2016
7 wickets MCG 80,883 Luke Wright
9 January 2016
8 wickets Etihad Stadium 43,176 Marcus Stoinis
1 January 2017
7 runs (D/L) MCG 71,162 Brad Hogg
7 January 2017
46 runs Etihad Stadium 44,189 Adam Zampa
6 January 2018
6 wickets MCG 48,086 Mohammad Nabi
12 January 2018
23 runs Etihad Stadium 44,316 Kevin Pietersen
1 January 2019
7 wickets MCG 46,418 Marcus Stoinis
19 January 2019
6 wickets Marvel Stadium 38,117 Marcus Stoinis
17 February 2019
13 runs Marvel Stadium 40,816 Daniel Christian
4 January 2020
7 wickets MCG 54,478 Adam Zampa
10 January 2020
7 wickets Marvel Stadium 30,388 Glenn Maxwell
17 January 2021
6 wickets MCG 14,979 Liam Hatcher
20 January 2021
5 wickets Marvel Stadium 14,202 Mackenzie Harvey
  •   Denotes BBL non-final playoff matches.
  •   Denotes BBL grand final matches.

Kit and sponsors[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Breast sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2011–12 KooGa Harbour Town Reach
2012–13 True Value Solar Country Fire Authority
2013–14 Bartercard
2014–15 Majestic Athletic Coco Joy
2016–17 Mars Carsales
2018–19 RMIT University
2020–21 Liberty Financial Mitre 10 Solos
2021–22 Nike Marathon Foods Trikon

Records and statistics[edit]


Season summaries[edit]

Season Coach Captain League Position Finals Result Player of the Season Ref.
2011–12 Australia Simon Helmot Australia Andrew McDonald 7th DNQ Australia Aaron Finch [36][37]
2012–13 Australia Simon Helmot Australia Aaron Finch 1st Semi-Finalists Australia Aaron Finch [38][37]
2013–14 Australia Simon Helmot Australia Aaron Finch 6th DNQ Australia Aaron Finch [39][37]
2014–15 Australia Simon Helmot Australia Aaron Finch 6th DNQ Australia James Pattinson [40][37]
2015–16 Australia David Saker Australia Aaron Finch 5th DNQ Cricket West Indies Dwayne Bravo [41][37]
2016–17 Australia Andrew McDonald Australia Aaron Finch 5th DNQ Australia Aaron Finch [42][37]
2017–18 Australia Andrew McDonald Australia Aaron Finch 3rd Semi-Finalists Netherlands Tom Cooper [43][44]
2018–19 Australia Andrew McDonald Australia Aaron Finch 2nd Champions Australia Dan Christian [45][44]
2019–20 Australia Michael Klinger Australia Aaron Finch 8th DNQ Australia Beau Webster [46][47]
2020–21 Australia Michael Klinger Australia Aaron Finch 8th DNQ Australia Sam Harper [46][48]
2021–22 Australia David Saker Australia Nic Maddinson

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ "Nic Maddinson to captain Melbourne Renegades after Aaron Finch stands down". Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  19. ^ Stead, Chris (15 December 2017). "Big Bash T20 Statistics – Most entertaining BBL teams, stadiums and games revealed". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
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  21. ^ "Game on! CA unveils schedule for BBL|10". Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  22. ^ "Player Profiles". Melbourne Renegades. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  23. ^ "Greatest ever BBL teams". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Renegades announce Team of the Decade".
  25. ^ "Our Coaches". Melbourne Renegades. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  26. ^ Renegades fans, we need your help choosing our mascot!. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  27. ^ Meet the future of Cricket. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  28. ^ The fans have spoken!. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  29. ^ Name our mascot. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  30. ^ Scorecard. Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  31. ^ [1]. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  32. ^ NEW MEMBERSHIP RECORD Retrieved 9 Dec 2015
  33. ^ a b We've broken the ALL TIME membership record Retrieved 13 Dec 2015
  34. ^ "Renegades set membership record".
  35. ^ "Big Bash League: Huge MCG crowd of 80,883 stuns Ricky Ponting". The Australian.
  36. ^ "Big Bash League 2011/12 Table, Matches, win, loss, points for Big Bash League".
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