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BBL: Melbourne Renegades vs. Melbourne Stars, Shaun Marsh named to return from injury

The Renegades haven’t had many reasons to cheer so far this summer but the side will hope Shaun Marsh’s return can help turn the tide.

The Melbourne Renegades will hope the return of veteran Shaun Marsh can revitalise their BBL campaign, which is on life support just days into the new year.

The Gades have won only one of their six BBL|11 hit-outs so far but could hoist themselves out of last place on the ladder with a win over their Covid-ravished rivals, the Melbourne Stars, on Monday night.

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Experienced Renegades quick James Pattinson remains in doubt for the clash as he awaits the results of a PCR test, but Marsh was named in the squad, having recovered from the calf injury that ruled him out of December’s games.

Captain Nic Maddinson will also return to the fray after being temporarily called into the Ashes squad when Travis Head was diagnosed with Covid-19.

The Renegades were robbed of their chance to start 2022 on a high when wet weather in Coffs Harbour forced their clash with the Sydney Sixers to be cancelled on New Year’s Day.

The sides shared the spoils and the game will not be rescheduled.

While an outbreak of Covid-19 has torn through the Stars’ ranks, Cricket Australia confirmed over the weekend that Monday night’s Melbourne derby would proceed as planned.

By Sunday afternoon, 10 Stars players and eight support staff had tested positive, leaving the side without some of its marquee players for the clash.

The Renegades will hope to pounce on their local rivals while Stars including Adam Zampa, Joe Burns, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile watch helplessly from the sidelines.

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