The ongoing edition of the Big Bash League is gradually approaching its business end with the sides’ almost locked for playoffs. Melbourne Stars will go into the first qualifier as the top-ranked side in the tournament. The Glenn Maxwell-led unit had earned their numero-uno spot after having won eight games in a row but have since then endured a stutter and they will now go into the qualifiers on the back of three consecutive defeats in as many encounters.
The Glenn Maxwell-led Stars had come into their final league stage match against Brisbane Heat on the back of defeats at the hands of Sydney Sixers [by 21 runs] and Adelaide Strikers [by 11 runs], but followed on Saturday was a shellacking of the highest order. Batting first, the Heat posted an eventual match-winning total of 5-186 after AB de Villiers smashed the Stars bowling attack to the tune of 71 off just 37 balls- an innings which included 2 fours and six monstrous sixes.
Chasing 187, Stars needed the likes of Marcus Stoinis or skipper Glenn Maxwell to put their hands up, but none of their batters could post any substantial score and were bowled out for 115 in just 17.4 overs. And, former legendary spinner Shane Warne who was in the commentary box when one of the Stars batsmen-Adam Zampa shared a smile with Heats’ Marnus Labuschsgne post his dismissal.
Shane Warne lambasts Stars and Adam Zampa post their defeat against Brisbane Heat
“Not a lot of energy from Zampa to get back there, almost just conceded,” Adam Gilchrist said. Shane Warne wasn’t impressed one bit and said, “Give up. There’s just no effort, no energy to get back [in the crease]. I don’t like this at all. I said it was embarrassing — it’s getting worse. He should be showing disappointment at just getting out. I don’t like that.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan wasn’t impressed with Zampa’s attitude. “Zampa is out for one and he’s laughing with Marnus Labuschagne having a conversation. Your team are getting hammered,” he said in the commentary.
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