Captain confident Melbourne Renegades can bounce back in women’s BBL

Back-to-back losses was not the way the Melbourne Renegades wanted to start the women’s Big Bash League, but captain Sarah Elliott says there is no cause for panic.

Elliott is supremely confident the Renegades can bounce back from two defeats to the Hobart Hurricanes in Tasmania over the weekend, insisting her team needs time to gel before it can explode.

“To have players coming from different countries and different states, we’re really the only team that is dealing with that,” Elliott said from the Renegades family day in Footscray on Sunday.

“Whereas a team like the Hurricanes have been together and only really brought one new player into their group. For us, we’ve basically just come together the last few weeks,” she said.

“Obviously we still have a fair bit of work to do, but there were some positive signs.”

The Renegades lost to the Hurricanes by 35 runs on Friday after being bowled out for just 86, but got much closer on Saturday, going down by just four runs after making 7-121.

Opener Elliott said the batting was the main area the Renegades had to show sharp improvement.

“We still need to work out the partnerships and where everyone fits into the line-up,” she said.

“We just didn’t have that game sense to come in and know how to keep the game moving.

“But there was some real promise with the ball. I think we had nine or 10 different bowlers over the 10 games, which just shows the depth and variety we have.”

The Renegades head interstate again to take on Brisbane Heat on Friday and Elliott has challenged her team to respond, stating she had “no doubt we can turn it around very quickly”.

“That’s the nature of Twenty20, and I’m really confident that the girls will rally,” she said.

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