BBL 21-22: Shaun Marsh’s Renegades return unlikely until the New Year

Shaun Marsh, Six Sports

Melbourne Renegades’ star batsman Shaun Marsh most likely be able to join his team by the New Year and the team has to go on without him for another two matches.

Marsh is struggling with a high-grade calf injury that ruled him out of the BBL for six weeks.

However, the batsman is doing regular rehabilitation and is improving gradually. He has already missed four games for the Renegades.

During this time, the Renegades have slumped to a 1-3 record and the latest loss was to the unbeaten Perth Scorchers on Wednesday night in which they were defeated by 21 runs.

They would be meeting the Scorchers again on Boxing Day and would be wary of Mitchell Marsh, who smashed 86 off 53 balls in their previous encounter.

Renegades head coach, David Saker wants Shaun Marsh to recover fully and wants to keep him away till the 3rd of January.

We might hold him back until the third, which is the Stars game in Melbourne.

Our physios haven’t had a chance to get their hands on him yet, but he is flying.

He also praised Marsh as a player.

He’s a class player and someone who gives us some experience in the middle and the back end of the innings.

Although the last team in the points table, Saker isn’t worried or panicky just yet because he believes he has the best side this season.

He is also confident that his team can still come up and get a seat in the finals of BBL.

When Shaun Marsh will join the team, it will look a lot more experienced and will have enough firepower to bolster it through the finals contention spot.

David Saker might also not make any changes to his bowling lineup despite the poor performance of the bowlers this season.

Previous Meeting with the Scorchers

In their previous meeting, the Scorchers piled up a mammoth total of 206/5 on the cusp of Mitch Marsh’s power-hitting and Laurie Evans’ quickfire 42 not out off 16 balls. The Renegades weren’t able to finish the run-chase and got a nasty defeat in the end.

We’re playing probably the best team in the competition, so if we can turn around a result on Sunday night it would be huge for us as a group.

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