Maddin­son ready to step into Maxwell’s spot

Sunday Herald Sun - - Star V Thunder - SAM LANDSBERGER

NIC Maddin­son is set to re­turn from a bro­ken arm in Glenn Maxwell’s No.4 bat­ting spot as the Stars brace for three games with­out their best four play­ers.

The Stars have lost Maxwell, Adam Zampa, Mar­cus Stoi­nis and Pete Hand­scomb to Aus­tralia’s ODI squad. They are set to miss games against Perth Scorchers (MCG), Ade­laide Strik­ers (Ade­laide Oval) and the un­beaten Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes (MCG).

“Guys are go­ing to have to step up,” Maxwell said last night. “It’s go­ing to be up to the coach and the new cap­tain (to de­cide who comes in). We’ve got a guy like Nic Maddin­son, who just got back from in­jury at the right time. He’ll come in next game and play a vi­tal role for us, prob­a­bly my role at No. 4 and hope­fully take con­trol of that mid­dle-or­der.”

Spin­ner Liam Bowe seems set to re­place Zampa and young all-rounder Jonathan Merlo would be a suit­able re­place­ment for Stoi­nis.

Maddin­son broke his arm 28 days ago.

Maxwell was thrilled to leave the Stars at 3-2 and sec­ond on the BBL lad­der.

“The way we’ve got our­selves into the tour­na­ment has been out­stand­ing and to go away to Aussie duty now and leave the team in a good place is re­ally pleas­ing,” he said.

Maxwell was un­sure what his role would be for the three­match se­ries against In­dia but ex­pected a clear fo­cus on pre- par­ing for this year’s World Cup in Eng­land.

“There’s been a lot of talk about what roles guys are go­ing to be play­ing come World Cup time and I think it’s prob­a­bly the time they re­ally nut that out,” he said.

Last night Maxwell opted for only five overs of spin af­ter the de­par­ture of Nepalese tweaker San­deep Lamich­hane.

“Scott Boland played a dif­fer­ent role again this game and was out­stand­ing. I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Maxwell said.

“We’ve been so spin dom­i­nated the first few games and los­ing San­deep, who’s been our go-to guy through the mid­dle, we’ve had to re­jig a brand of cricket that’s adapt­able and can in­clude other peo­ple.”

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