Melbourne Stars captain Shane Warne aims to repay cross-town rivals the Renegades with a hefty defeat in the sides' second Twenty20 Big Bash derby at the MCG on Sunday night.
While the ladder-leading Renegades and third-placed Stars have their sights set on a top two place and a home semi-final, Warne and his star-studded side are seeking revenge for the eight-wicket defeat the Renegades dished out on the opening night of the tournament.
Warne was unceremoniously blasted around Etihad Stadium by Renegades captain Aaron Finch in the corresponding fixture, with his match-winning 111 not out largely responsible for the spin legend's dismal figures of 0-41 from just two overs.
"We owe these guys one, they touched us up good and proper last time, we'll be coming out firing tomorrow as well," Warne said.
"Obviously in the first game when Finchy got 350 (sic) or whatever he got and smacked me all over the park and the other bowlers as well.
"These guys (Renegades) have been outstanding, they touched us up in the first game and since then they've gone on and done some great stuff, they're playing well as a unit.
"It's a good test for us to see where we're at. We won four in a row, lost the other day (to Brisbane Heat) and sometimes when you lose a game it gives you a chance to regroup.
"There's a lot to play for, the competition is a fantastic one."
The Renegades will all but shore up a home semi-final with a win on Sunday, while a win for the Stars would heat up the three-way battle - including the second-placed Perth Scorchers - for a top-two berth.
After four wins on the trot the Stars were comprehensively outplayed by the Heat in Brisbane on Tuesday but Warne said the side's response to the defeat had been positive.
"We're disappointed with the way we played in our last game, I thought we were pretty poor in all departments," he said.
"There's a bit of frustration from the guys so I thought our session today was as good as we've had since we've been together as a group.
The runs have dried up for Finch with 21 in two games after leading the BBL, but the Renegades' captain's focus remains on performing at the most critical junction of the season so far.
"When you're in a position nearing the end of the series you have to win your last few games to guarantee a spot in the finals," Finch said.
"With the (Sydney) Thunder not winning a game so far it's made the other six teams well and truly in the hunt so I think from that point of view it's just so crucial you get it right at the business end of the tournament."
Warne, who is yet to bat in the tournament this season, brushed aside suggestions he was scared to do so after reports suggested he had baulked at the chance - sending Lasith Malinga in instead - when the Stars needed 26 runs off nine balls on Tuesday.
"I heard that today in the nets everyone was saying that I didn't want to bat," Warne said.
"I don't mind going out to bat, but when you need 28 off five balls (sic) or something and the run rate is going to be super crucial we didn't want to get bowled out so we were just trying to get as many runs as we could without taking too many risks.
"I'm happy to bat, do whatever you need me to do, I'm not scared of batting."
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First Posted 06 January, 2013 8:01AM AEST