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Finch backs spinners

December 17, 2012 10:54:23 UK

Captain Aaron Finch says the Melbourne Renegades are not afraid of handing the new ball to one of their spinners against the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday.

The Renegades aim to make it three wins from three games to continue to set the pace in the BBL. And Finch says he is delighted with the form of his three spinners in the opening two matches.

It's going to be really important that we maintain that (momentum) and really try and push hard to get a finals berth wrapped up.

Aaron Finch

Aaron O'Brien has taken five of the 12 wickets the Etihad Stadium residents have picked up so far. Muttiah Muralitharan has claimed two wickets and Marlon Samuels one, while only two wickets have come from pace bowlers. O'Brien has taken the most wickets of any spinner so far in the BBL, and the skipper feels his side possesses the best spin attack in the competition.

Asked whether a spinner would be handed the new ball on Wednesday, Finch said: "Definitely, it's an option you've got to look at.

"I suppose when you come up against (Tim) Paine and (Ricky) Ponting at the top (of the batting order) for Hobart, it's something we'll have to sit down and assess hard I'm sure."

Finch added: "Marlon Samuels is a world-class limited-overs bowler, Aaron O'Brien is someone who hasn't been playing any domestic cricket this year (and) the way that he's come in and just dominated so far has been outstanding.

"The advantage of Murali is that he brings that mystery factor with him.

"So teams probably have to sit back and have a look at him a bit more which allows us to try and sneak through a couple of quick overs from him."

Finch said the Renegades were aiming to clinch a finals spot as quickly as possible.

"Two (wins) and 0 (losses) is a great position to be in but it means nothing if we don't really capitalise on it in these next three games," he said. "It's going to be really important that we maintain that (momentum) and really try and push hard to get a finals berth wrapped up and not be one of the teams trying to scrape in to third and fourth place towards the end of the tournament."

The Renegades are 1213.00 to win the Big Bash League while the Melbourne Stars can be backed at 4.33.

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