Nic Maddinson is ready to lead Melbourne Renegades in BBL 13

Nic Maddinson all set for the KFC BBL|13.

Melbourne Renegades captain Nic Maddinson is all set for the KFC BBL|13 opener after almost a year recovering from a serious knee injury. After working on his fitness in recent weeks, he played for St Kilda and participated in T20 practice matches.

Nic Maddinson, who last played at the top level a year ago due to an ACL injury, opened the batting in a practice match against Melbourne Stars and scored 66 against a Brisbane Heat XI. Excited to make a comeback, the 31-year-old left-hander looks forward to their season opener against the Sixers in Sydney on Friday night.

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“It’s been a long, long winter,” Nic Maddinson said.

“During the off-season, when everyone’s around, it feels like you’re still part of the group and pretty connected. But once everyone’s playing again (from the start of the domestic season) and you’re by yourself a lot, there’s definitely some challenges.

“It was a bit of a relief to get a few away (in a practice match against the Heat).

“Being out for so long you can feel like you’re going really well in the nets at training but until you score some runs in a match, I guess you don’t have that confidence.

“It’s nice to be back out there. (The knee) is in a pretty good space at the moment so hopefully I can get through the year unscathed and play a bit more cricket the next 12 months.”

Melbourne Renegades BBL|13 squad: Joe Clarke (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa), Harry Dixon, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey, Ruwantha Kellapotha, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson (c), Shaun Marsh, Fergus O’Neill, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, Peter Siddle, Will Sutherland, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Jon Wells, Adam Zampa

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In BBL|13, the club has strengthened its lineup with experienced players. They’ve brought in Australian spinners Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon, former Test quick Peter Siddle, and drafted Quinton de Kock and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

The team finalized its 18-player squad for the tournament by securing the signature of Fergus O’Neill, a Victorian seamer in top form. O’Neill recently showcased his skills with a career-best performance, taking 10 wickets in a match during the Marsh Sheffield Shield win over South Australia last week.

Renegades have confirmed that their star draft pick opening left handed batsman Quinton de Kock will not be available in their league’s opening two matches as he had prior commitments to completes in a T10 league in Abu Dhabi.

Nic Maddinson further said “If you look at our list, I’d say it’s probably our best chance to push for a title of the last few years,”

“We had a pretty young group a couple of years ago when we were finishing down the bottom, but we’ve been able to give some games to those guys and I think the younger guys will really complement the experience that we’ve got.

“They’re there to contribute to a game, but you’re not relying on the (younger players) to win you a match and hopefully the older guys step up and can do that.”

Sydney Sixers BBL|13 squad: Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Tom Curran (England), Joel Davies, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Todd Murphy, Izharulhaq Naveed (Afghanistan), Steve O’Keefe, Kurtis Patterson, Mitch Perry, Josh Philippe, Jordan Silk, Steve Smith, James Vince (England)

The Sixers also completed their 18-player list for BBL|13 on Sunday with the signing of O’Neill’s Victorian teammate Mitch Perry who’s only T20 match was for the Renegades against the Sydney Thunder in BBL|10.

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