Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell has shattered the record books with an “outrageous” batting performance at the MCG.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell made history with the highest individual score in the Big Bash League, cracking 154 out of 64 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
The Melbourne Stars captaincy spawned his century in just 41 deliveries at the MCG, shattering his match Big Bash’s all-time record for highest team score.
In his 100th BBL game, Maxwell just narrowly missed breaking the record for fastest Big Bash century, a 39-ball ton from Craig Simmons, the Perth Scorchers’ opening game in January 2014.
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But he wasn’t done there with his brutal Hurricanes bowling attack to become the first cricketer to reach 150 in a BBL innings.
It was a vintage Maxwell masterclass that confirmed his “Big Show” moniker. The 33-year-old found the boundary rope with ease, no matter what absurd stroke he attempted.
Maxwell had previously raised his half-century in just 20 deliveries, making it the fastest of his career. He also broke the record for most limits in a T20 innings with 22, the previous best being 20.
“He’s really a box office, to put it on like that, you can’t look away,” former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist told Fox Cricket.
“If he’s around, you just don’t want to miss a delivery.
“What a thrill to witness that. You always know something exciting is happening around Glenn Maxwell.”
New South Wales paceman and Channel 7 presenter Trent Copeland tweeted: “That’s just downright ridiculously striking. Thank God I don’t have a ball in my hand.”
Fox Sports host Kath Loughnan wrote, “A way to brighten up a dead rubber. What a madman.”
Fastest Centuries in the Big Bash League
39 Balls – Craig Simmons vs AS, January 2014
41 Balls – Glenn Maxwell vs HH, January 2022
44 Balls – Luke Wright vs HH, January 2012
47 Balls – Ben McDermott vs MR, January 2017
48 Balls – Callum Ferguson vs PS, January 2019
48 Balls – Matthew Wade vs AS, January 2020
The previous highest individual score in Big Bash history was an unbeaten 147 by Stars teammate Marcus Stoinis in January 2020 – and it looked like he was on the other side for most of Maxwell’s record-breaking innings.
Stoinis complimented his lovely skipper by hitting 75 balls, not out of 31 balls to help the Stars register a mind-boggling team total of 2/273 – which was also comfortably a Big Bash record.
It was the third largest team total in a professional T20 cricket match in history, with five runs less than Afghanistan’s record set in February 2019.
The powerful 32-year-old hit six sixes and four fours and showed no respect for the hapless Hurricanes bowlers.
Unfortunately for the Stars, Wednesday’s T20 game was labeled a dead rubber as the men in green were unable to qualify for the final series regardless of the outcome.
But Maxwell’s stunning knock has given Stars fans something to cheer about after a tumultuous summer for the Melbourne-based franchise.
“A lot of things have to go right for something like this to happen,” Maxwell told Channel 7.
“I had great support all the way…it’s still a great feeling to finish this tournament with a really nice innings.”
Highest Individual Scores in Big Bash League History
154* — Glenn Maxwell vs HH, January 2022
147* — Marcus Stoinis vs SS, January 2020
130* — Matthew Wade vs AS, January 2020
127 – Ben McDermott vs MR, December 2021
122* — D’Arcy Short vs BH, January 2018
This was not Maxwell’s first century of the tournament – the T20 World Cup champion hit 103 from just 57 balls against the Sydney Sixers in December, with the Stars suffering a seven-wicket loss.
Maxwell also becomes just the second cricketer to score several centuries in a Big Bash tournament, joining Hurricanes gloveman Ben McDermott.
“He’s a freak, it’s that simple,” former England captain Michael Vaughn told Fox Cricket.
“He makes the bowler shiver with the shots he can play, the power, the skill levels. Pure entertainer.”
In Channel 7’s coverage, former Australian batter Brad Hodge tore the “terrible” Hurricanes bowlers to shreds.
“Whatever it was, it was a perfect marriage. It was a perfect marriage of hitting a ball mixed with the terrible bowling of the Hobart Hurricanes,” he said.
“They were terrible. You know what, the class punished them tonight. They got what they deserved.”
Biggest Team Totals in the Big Bash League
273/2 — Melbourne Stars vs HH, January 2022
232/5 — Sydney Thunder vs SS, January 2021
223/8 – Hobart Hurricanes vs. MR, January 2017
222/4 — Melbourne Renegades vs HH, January 2017