Renegades hitting stride at right time
CRICKET: Returning Melbourne Renegades captain Cameron White says his team have hit form at the right time as they plot to win through to their first Big Bash League final in franchise history.
White, 34, watched on TV from the Australian camp as the Renegades posted 3-187 and then bowled Brisbane out for 161 to end the Heat's season at the Gabba on Saturday night.
White will lead the Renegades against the Strikers in Friday night's semi-final and said he hoped Adelaide would be unsettled in the absence of Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake who are on national duty.
"I thought last game, watching on telly, was the best all-round game from us for the whole year," White said.
"Not only with the result, just the way we executed our plans.
"We can draw a lot from that going into the finals. A lot of momentum and confidence that we can really execute under pressure."
The Renegades' brains trust on Wednesday worked on the right match-up for Strikers batsman Colin Ingram as they flew to Adelaide.
Ingram smashed 68 (34) to set up the Strikers' win against the red team at Etihad Stadium last week and White said they bowled too full and would have to bring their lengths back at Adelaide Oval.
"That's one match-up we're going to have to get right. He's been the key for them all series," White said.
White - who is averaging 100.7 in the BBL - said Strikers import Rashid Khan was the league's best bowler but was glad his team faced the mystery spinner last week.
"He's quite difficult to play. It's just working out which way the ball is spinning," White said.
"He doesn't really leave the stumps much so he's always challenging you there as well.
"He's also got a bit of an unusual action, which takes a little bit to get used to."
Khan and Renegades import Dwayne Bravo lead the BBL with 17 wickets each this season.
Bravo's death bowling shapes as critical given the loss of Kane Richardson to national selection.
The Strikers are set to turn to Harry Nielson, 22, to wear the gloves and play Victorian bowler Wes Agar, 20.
Strikers captain Travis Head is also unavailable with Ingram expected to captain the home team.
The Renegades will be without Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson (Australian selection) and Brad Hodge (appendicitis).
But after a mid-season slump the Renegades appear far more settled and are likely to make just one change to their winning line-up for their first semi-final in five years with White set to replace Richardson.
"Hopefully it upsets their team balance and the way they've been going about it," White said.
"It can only be a good thing for us."
White played in four losing semi-finals for Melbourne Stars, posting an 88 (53) and three scores below 15.
Both teams will be cheering for Hobart against Perth Scorchers on Thursday night as a Hurricanes win would see Sunday's final played in either Adelaide or Melbourne.