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Redbacks need to regain bite

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December 08, 2017

Gun Kyabram batsman Kyle Mueller is back after attending Schoolies.

Kyabram is focused on moving out of its slump tomorrow.

The Redbacks have not registered a win since a round-five victory against the lowly Shepparton United, making sub-par scores since then.

But Kyabram coach Glenn Hart hopes a game against reigning premier Old Students at home will be the turning point.

‘‘We’ve got to get a win, pretty much that’s it for us, we’ve got to turn it around,’’ he said.

‘‘They are a good-quality side as the reigning premiers and their form’s not so good at the moment, but this is the time of the year they turned it around last year, so they’re always a dangerous side with capable batsmen.’’

The past two completed rounds have had the Redbacks post just 118 and 127, failing to bat the full 45 overs in both matches.

‘‘I’ve really emphasised to the top four in particular that they need to get us off to a good start and not put the pressure on the lower order, it’s two-day cricket now, so they need to do their job and protect their wicket,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s some depth there (in the lower order), but they shouldn’t be relied upon to do that, they should just be there to finish off an innings more than anything, not to sustain.’’

With the fun of Schoolies over, Hart welcomes back talented teenagers Kyle Fitzgerald and Kyle Mueller, who will greatly assist putting on a big total, while Curtis Ryan looks to do damage with the ball.

Old Students have been forced to travel this weekend, after last week’s heavy rain made the new wicket at Kialla unplayable until after Christmas.

While the Students have not yet reached the heights of last season, they were looking strong against Numurkah before rain washed out the second day of play.

Captain Luke McPhillamy said it was a shame an ideal chance to claim a win went begging.

‘‘For sure (it was disappointing) because I think we were in the game after the first day, so it’ll be good to see how we fare in a full two-day game,’’ he said.

‘‘We certainly bowled well last week and the guys are really keen to get into two-day cricket with the bat and ball.’’

McPhillamy welcomes back batsman Riley Michel, while Brendan Crouch will aim to make an impact with the ball.

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