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BBL: Glenn Maxwell blasts century, but Josh Philippe leads Sydney Sixers past Melbourne Stars

Glenn Maxwell put on a stunning show en-route to his maiden BBL century, but it was Josh Phillippe who helped the Sixers have the last laugh.
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Glenn Maxwell has underlined why he is among the world’s best players in the shortest form of the game with a stunning century in the Big Bash.

But he became one of just three men to reach three figures but lose the game after Josh Philippe’s unbeaten 99 cancelled out his first ever BBL ton in the Sydney Sixers brilliant chasedown of the Melbourne Stars.

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Maxwell’s 103 off 57 balls looked to have been enough for the Stars to snap a six-game losing streak against the Sixers, but Philippe ensured that hoodoo would extend to seven as they chased down 177 with two balls to spare.

Weathering a nasty blow on the neck, BBL11’s leading runscorer expertly paced his innings to ensure his side did the season double over the Stars, following a record-breaking 152-run win in the season opener.
Josh Philippe was hit in the neck by a Brody Crouch bumper. Picture: Getty Images

Josh Philippe was hit in the neck by a Brody Crouch bumper. Picture: Getty Images
The Stars immediately showed concern for the Sixers’ young gun. Picture: Getty Images

After a Brody Couch bouncer hit Philippe on the neck and caused a lengthy pause in proceedings, the very next delivery the nerveless opener lapped one around the corner for a boundary, underlining his class.

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“Pretty happy it was a great win. It was always going to be tough chasing down that score today, but I’m just really happy to get the boys over the line,” Philippe said on Fox Cricket.

“I’m feeling fine (after being hit in the neck), it was more of a shock than anything.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been hit there. (It) felt like it hit me pretty flush at the time but I’m all good.

“Early, we saw that with the new ball the seam got stuck in the wicket a bit and we saw a bit of turn and it looked a little bit slow at times. But I think, as the game went on, the wicket got a bit better and it certainly wasn’t as noticeable in our batting innings.”
Glenn Maxwell blasted an incredible 100. Picture: Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell blasted an incredible 100. Picture: Getty Images

Maxwell came to the crease with the Melbourne Stars in all sorts at 2-6 — and was dropped by Lloyd Pope on 15. But his power and poise proved too much for the Sixers, his hundred coming up off 54 balls, including three sixes and 12 fours, brought up with still two overs left in the innings.

But the gloss was taken off the innings when the Sixers punished an ill-disciplined Stars bowling outfit.

“It just looks like the Stars have got too predictable” former Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Fox Cricket during the Sixers’ innings.

“They had a game plan to come out and bowl into the wicket and use the long boundaries square…but with Philippe looking in control you’ve got to be smart enough to go back to plan B to get him out another way.”

Aussie T20 skipper Aaron Finch added that the Stars had been “quite defensive” in the field.

With the win, the Sixers return to the top of the BBL table
Maxwell came to the crease with the Melbourne Stars in all sorts at 2-6 — and was dropped by Lloyd Pope on 15. But his power and poise proved too much for the Sixers, his hundred coming up off 54 balls, including three sixes and 12 fours, brought up with still two overs left in the innings.

But the gloss was taken off the innings when the Sixers punished an ill-disciplined Stars bowling outfit.

“It just looks like the Stars have got too predictable” former Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Fox Cricket during the Sixers’ innings.

“They had a game plan to come out and bowl into the wicket and use the long boundaries square…but with Philippe looking in control you’ve got to be smart enough to go back to plan B to get him out another way.”

Aussie T20 skipper Aaron Finch added that the Stars had been “quite defensive” in the field.

With the win, the Sixers return to the top of the BBL table

‘Australia’s No. 1 coach’: The man behind Sixers’ three-peat bid

One of the best Twenty20 coaches on the planet says he is better suited to powering Sydney Sixers’ quest for a historic BBL three-peat than helping plot Australia’s World Cup defence next year.

Some of the largest names in domestic cricket have long been flabbergasted that Cricket Australia has never contracted Greg Shipperd, the 65-year-old who won four T20 titles in five years at Victoria and is now on the verge of a second coaching three-peat.

Success has literally become a foreign language for other BBL clubs because it can be revealed that Shipperd’s players speak a special dialect that was created to help strengthen their knowledge of the game plan.

Shipperd did not rule out making the jump to the highest level before his sparkling career in cricket – which has already spanned 44 years – draws to a trophy-littered close.

“This level of educating (BBL) players really suits my style. Once you get to the international level often the product is really close to being finished,” Shipperd told News Corp.

“You might consider me like a primary school teacher. I’m happy in that space, albeit I’ve got plenty of ideas that I fire off from time to time to some of the people that do sit at levels above.

“(But) who knows what the future brings?”

Shipperd will go head-to-head with his long-time Victorian star and close mate David Hussey at the MCG on Wednesday night in a battle between the coaching master and the apprentice.

The Sixers boss – who prioritises “cricket intellect” – gave a rare insight into some of the secrets that have transformed his club into a powerhouse that has gone 36-17 in its past 53 completed games.

David Hussey says Shipperd has evolved with T20 tactics rapidly and remains one step ahead of the opposition. Picture: Getty Images.

“I think you need to have a strong narrative with your team. It needs to make sense to them and to the game you’re playing.

“You need to be super flexible. We’ve created our own internal language where we review, preview and live by these key points around the T20 game.

“Our players really understand, whether we’re winning or losing, how to get back on track if necessary.”

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Hussey said Shipperd had evolved with T20 tactics so rapidly that he was “always one step ahead of the opposition strategically” while Renegades coach David Saker declared Shipperd was comfortably Australia’s No. 1 coach in the smash-and-grab format.

SAM LANDSBERGER’S PREDICTED TEAMS

STARS

Marcus Stoinis

Joe Clarke (Eng) (wk)

Nick Larkin

Glenn Maxwell (C)

Andre Russell (WI)

Hilton Cartwright

Beau Webster

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Adam Zampa

Qais Ahmed (Afg)

Brody Couch

SIXERS

Josh Philippe (wk)

James Vince (Eng)

Moises Henriques (C)

Dan Christian

Daniel Hughes

Tom Curran (Eng)

Jordan Silk

Chris Jordan (Eng)

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