Former Australian Test batsman Michael Hussey has condemned BBL stars Kane Richardson and Matt Renshaw after an ugly display during Tuesday evening’s match.
The Melbourne Renegades’ rough season continued with a 60-run pummelling at the hands of the Adelaide Strikers, but it was soured further by the war of words between Renegades bowler Richardson and Strikers rival Renshaw.
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The Strikers batted first, with Richardson giving Adelaide opener Phil Salt a send-off after claiming his wicket.
The clearly didn’t sit well with the Strikers, who waited until Richardson was out in Melbourne’s doomed innings before calling out ‘f*** off Richo’ to the paceman as he walked off the pitch.
This prompted Richardson to bite back as he walked off, with Hussey, who was commentating for Fox Cricket, labelling it a ‘bad look for the game’.
“They’re professional sportspeople, their emotions get high and sometimes you get hot under the collar,” he said.
“I think there was a bit going on from when the Strikers were batting in the first innings, and you have a long memory as a player and you sometimes want to give a little back.
“But it’s not a good look for the game because there are so many kids at the game and they learn from watching their heroes play and we don’t want to be seeing that from the juniors coming through.”
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The bottom-of-the-table Renegades conceded 52 off the last four overs with the ball before losing their last nine wickets for 44 with the bat to sag to their seventh successive defeat at Adelaide Oval.
"There's been some really dumb batting this season," Finch said.
"We've got a lot of starts but haven't gone on to get those match-winning scores, besides Shaun Marsh who's been brilliant.
"When the pressure comes on, we're not getting it done."
The Renegades looked to have the upper hand with the ball before being overwhelmed by a punishing 96-run fifth-wicket union between Jake Weatherald (51) and Ryan Gibson (43 not out), which flipped the contest.
"It was really good for 16 overs (with the ball) and we had some good momentum," Finch said.
"But that partnership for the Strikers between Weatherald and Gibson was the turning point in the game."
Gibson snared two catches to beat Weatherald for player-of-the-match honours but he paid tribute to his senior partner who has recaptured his spark after moving down the order.
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