Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades

7.01pm Dylan Sharma: “Nabi has been severely underutilized as a bowler in this edition of the BBL. Would love to see him open the bowling just to try something a bit different. He’s done it many times before.” — It’s a decent proposal but don’t see it happening with two right-hand openers with the Sixers.

Curious why Nic Maddinson is not playing? Maddinson is with the Australia Test squad which is why he’s not playing. Kane Richardson captain in his place for the Renegades.

6.49pm Toss Sydney Sixers win bat flip, bowl first.

Sixers XI: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Dan Christian, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Shadab Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe. X-Factors: Todd Murphy, Jackson Bird — Interestingly Jackson Bird is back, albeit as an X-Factor. He missed the first half due to an achilles tendon injury.

Renegades XI: Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Aaron Finch, James Seymour, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mohammad Nabi, Will Sutherland, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson (c), Reece Topley, Zahir Khan. X-Factors: Jono Merlo, Zak Evans

Benaud: “How’s the weather holding up?” — Good question. Sadly there’s a rain band hovering around and it might impact the game. Fingers crossed!

6.35pm Happy new year everyone! It’s a weird contest – top of the table vs the bottom of the table. On paper, that means the table-toppers start off as favourites, but not only is it a brand new year but it’s also that big-city rivalry we all love to see. So even though Melbourne Renegades are last, they will need no extra motivation to beat Sydney Sixers. All of us believe in the mantra of “new year, new me”, maybe that will serve well for the Renegades too!

Today’s game is up at Coffs Harbour instead of the SCG since the Sydney Ashes Test will start soon. Will be interesting to see if that makes any difference to the Sixers, who have a 6-1 win record this season. As for the Renegades, they’ve suffered five straight losses after winning their first game. However, its the first time both sides are meeting this season, and for the sake of the BBL season, wouldn’t it be nice for a bit of narrative change and add some spice to the points table?

Sit back and relax as we bring you all the toss news in a few minutes, my name is Sreshth Shah, and joining me today is Andrew McGlashan with Thilak Ram on scoring.

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