“If you take away his momentum by letting him spend time at the non-striker’s end it can sort of be to the detriment of the team. To let him face as many balls as possible when he was in that rhythm was key for us.”
It was 25-year-old Pooran’s first knock with the Stars since signing ahead of the Big Bash League season. Maxwell said the innings had no peer from what he’d seen in BBL history.
“That’s probably as clean hitting as I’ve ever seen in the Big Bash,” Maxwell said.
“To be at the other end, not wanting him to hit a single and just watch him go about his work was pretty cool. I’ve seen him do it I suppose a little bit in the IPL but not as consistently and as clean as that. That was extraordinary hitting. And hopefully that’s just the beginning, because I know how good he is and hopefully the rest of the Big Bash fans can see him go off and keep hitting those massive sixes.
“I don’t think there’s too many wickets that don’t suit him around the world, when you’ve got the pure swing that he has.”
The Stars were ultimately undone by Daniel Hughes’ heroics for the Sixers but have flown to Canberra ahead of Tuesday night’s date with Sydney Thunder at Manuka Oval.
The Stars are set to regain experienced top order pair Marcus Stoinis and Nic Maddinson for the match against the Thunder.
But paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile has headed home to Perth after hurting his left calf in the game against Thunder. The Stars remain optimistic, however, that he will be back by the pointy end of the campaign.
“He’s still a little bit sore. He’s done a similar injury before. He’s still in good spirits, he thinks it won’t take too long to get back,” Maxwell said.
“Obviously with the loss of Nathan, to have a bit more experience coming back into the side will be handy for us.”
The struggling Melbourne Renegades are also in action on Tuesday night, taking on the Sixers at Metricon Stadium. The Renegades have just one win from four matches and were thrashed by the Sixers earlier in the season, losing by 145 runs in Hobart.
Daniel is an Age sports reporter