Reach for the Stars
MELBOURNE Renegades allrounder Danni Wyatt has implored her side to take risks and play with freedom as it tries to upset charging crosstown rival Melbourne Stars at the MCG today.
The Stars are top of the WBBL table while the Renegades are bottom on 1-6.
England international Wyatt remembers the roar of the MCG crowd when she hit the winning runs as the Renegades downed the Stars last summer and hopes to experience that again.
“When you hit a four, you’d get that louder cheer and you’d get goose bumps,” Wyatt said.
“It’s an amazing feeling and something you don’t get very often. Hopefully tomorrow it will be the same, if not better.”
Wyatt said the wicket of Stars captain Meg Lanning was the key.
“If we get (Lanning) out we’re confident we can bowl them out for less than 120, which will be a par score at the MCG,” Wyatt said.
“Running between the wickets will be the key when we bat. One of the things we’ve spoken about is we need to be batting with more intent and freedom instead of just waiting for the bad ball. We’ve got to take risks, which is what T20 cricket is all about.”
Wyatt had played in front of 8000 fans at Bristol, but said crowds at last season’s WBBL derbies outstripped that.
“I know the first time I came here about six years ago with England no one knew women played cricket over here,” Wyatt said.
“There’s been a huge change. They’re expecting at least 50,000 to be there at the end of our game.”
Wyatt said the young Renegades side was still finding positives from its season.
“It’s been tough for us but we’ve got a really young team ... so there’s no expectations on us,” she said. “We’re just going out there every time with a big smile on our faces.”
English international Danielle Wyatt will be hoping to have an impact for the Renegades in today’s derby.