Klinger under pressure as Renegades face wooden spoon

Melbourne Renegades coach Michael Klinger is under "pressure" to retain the top job, with his future likely to be determined by how the Big Bash League team finishes what has been another rugged season.

The Renegades sit at the foot of the ladder, having endured six straight defeats, including three of six heaviest by runs in BBL history, after opening the campaign with victory, leaving Klinger with only four wins from 21 matches since replacing Andrew McDonald at the start of last season.

The Renegades are hopeful they can end a six-match losing streak. Credit:Steve Bell

Klinger had said he was better equipped to handle his responsibilities this season, having not had any major coaching experience before being given the Renegades role, but now finds himself fighting for his job.

Cricket Victoria operations manager Shaun Graf, who along with Renegades general manager David Lever are the club's key powerbrokers, conceded Klinger was in a tough position.

"He is in the second year of his two-year contract so, obviously, he is going to be up for grabs, so to speak. He will give his thoughts and everything at the end of the season," Graf said on Monday.

"It's a difficult period of time, he is under a bit of pressure, he knows it's the second year of his contract and we have got to act accordingly. How we finish off the season I suppose, will have a fair lend to what we do next – whether or not we persevere or we continue on and extend."

It's been a season like no other because of the impact of COVID-19. Living in hubs hasn't been easy, while the Renegades' opening nine matches are on the road before their first home game on January 14. Imports were still quarantining when the season started, there have been injuries, while the top order has yet to click in a season where three times the team has failed to reach three figures.

You don't have to be Einstein to work out they are not batting very well.

Skipper Aaron Finch, one of the sport's greatest openers, was switched to No.3 against Perth on Sunday, with struggling No.3 Sam Harper was elevated to opening, but that plan did not work. The Renegades opted to chase a bonus point in the hope of leading at the 10th over but instead lost too many wickets.

If Klinger loses the job, Victorian greats Brad Hodge and Cameron White would be strong candidates.

"It would be fair to say we would rather be in a better position, and 'Maxi' would rather be in a better position win-loss ratio than he is in at the moment, but you have to wait until the full season pans out. They still have another seven games to go, there is a still a fair bit of the season up grabs, you have to base it on that and see where we end up," Graf said.

"Obviously, I have made a few phone calls and had a few chats to different people just to see where we are falling down. You don't have to be Einstein to work out they are not batting very well."

Shaun Marsh, the Renegades' leading run scorer, will miss Tuesday's clash against Adelaide because of the birth of his third child, while South African top order batsman Rilee Rossouw has a hamstring strain.

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