Renegades to target Strikers' newcomers

Melbourne Renegades' Cameron White hopes to target the newcomers in the Adelaide Strikers line-up.
Melbourne Renegades' Cameron White hopes to target the newcomers in the Adelaide Strikers line-up.

The Melbourne Renegades are plotting to target the Adelaide Strikers' newcomers in Friday night's Big Bash League semi-final.

The Strikers will be forced to replace captain Travis Head, star batsman Alex Carey and express quick Billy Stanlake for the Adelaide Oval semi, with the trio picked in Australia's Twenty20 squad.

"Hopefully losing a couple of players might just upset their team balance," Renegades captain Cameron White told reporters on Thursday.

Adelaide will likely summon 22-year-old wicketkeeper Harry Nieslen, the son of former Australian coach Tim, for his BBL debut.

And inexperienced duo Wes Agar and Kelvin Smith are also in the Strikers' selection frame.

"The big thing for new players coming in, especially inexperienced ones, is just dealing with the pressure and what we have to throw at them," White said.

"Once they get out in the middle, we'll see if we can exploit them.

"How do we do it, it's probably just getting the match-ups right - that is pretty much what T20 is about these days, making sure you get the right people playing against each other at the right time.

"But it's the same with anyone ... if it's the first game for the season or whether you have played every game, in big games like this things can change very quickly.

"They will obviously have a couple of new players but the rest of their line-up has been pretty solid."

Adelaide's stand-in skipper Colin Ingram said he had a simple message for his new chums.

"Be excited about the opportunity," Ingram told reporters on Thursday.

"I'm not one who likes to play it down and just say 'oh, it's just another game' - it's a big final.

"We have had a really stable and solid squad through the season and all those (new) guys have been contributing and been in the nets. "I feel like they're well prepared going into this sort of game."

Both the Strikers and Renegades are seeking a spot in their first BBL final - and both have squandered chances before.

The Renegades topped the table in 2012-13 only to lose their semi-final.

And the Strikers finished top in 2014-15 and 2015-16 but lost both those semi-finals.