Why will Shaun Marsh not play BBL 10 match vs Strikers: The veteran opening batsman will miss at least one or two matches for Renegades.
In what has been nothing short of a disastrous start for Melbourne Renegades in the ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League, they are all set to lose veteran batsman Shaun Marsh for at least one or two matches.
Having scored 247 runs at an average and strike rate of 35.28 and 137.22 respectively, Marsh is Renegades’ top-scorer this season and the third-highest overall as of now.
Marsh, who scored 14 (11) in Renegades’ 96-run defeat against Perth Scorchers in Perth earlier in the day, will remain in his hometown as he is set to miss their next match against Adelaide Strikers in Adelaide on January 5. Only time will tell if the 37-year old player makes himself available for their away fixture against Strikers on January 8.
Why will Shaun Marsh not play BBL 10 match between Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers?
Speaking after Renegades became only the first BBL team to be bundled out for under the 100-run mark for the third time in a season, head coach Michael Klinger announced opportunities for rookie players after Marsh’s paternity leave and Rilee Rossouw’s injury.
“A lot of our young guys will get opportunities. Rilee Rossouw has done his hamstring, Shaun Marsh is staying here [Perth] to have a baby so he’s going to miss next at least one or two games.
“Guys like Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey – they’re going to have a chance to put their mark forward and do what a [Ollie] Davies at the same age has done at the [Sydney] Thunder and put their name up in headlights, not just be a contributor but actually be a match winner. The opportunity for those guys will come in the next couple of games,” Klinger was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The Melbourne Renegades’ woes compiled with unavailability to a couple of key players. Shaun Marsh will miss the next couple of games, staying in Perth with wife Bec for the birth of his third child. Import Rilee Rossouw hurt his hamstring in the field.
— Jordan McArdle (@jordan_mc12) January 3, 2021
In the seven matches that Renegades have played this season so far, they have registered a lone victory to be bottom-placed at No. 8 with just five points under their belt. Under Klinger since the beginning of BBL 2019-20, Renegades have won only four out of their 21 matches.