Maddinson ready to step into Maxwell’s spot
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.”