Why Glenn Maxwell didn’t want the strike

It takes something pretty special for Glenn Maxwell to not want the strike in a Twenty20 match, but Nicholas Pooran is pretty special.

The Trinidadian blasted eight sixes in his 26-ball innings of 65 for the Melbourne Stars against the Sydney Sixers on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, leaving Stars captain Maxwell – himself one of the world's most explosive batsmen – glad to spend some time down the other end.

Glenn Maxwell, right, and Nicholas Pooran, left, in action on Saturday. Credit:Chris Hyde

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.

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