NIC Maddinson’s return to the Big Bash League did not go to plan on Wednesday night.
The Shoalhaven product made his debut for the Melbourne Stars against the Perth Scorchers and he also had the honour of leading the team out onto the field.
The Stars batted first, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, made 6/146 and the Scorchers got the runs with six wickets in hand.
The brute-of-a ball Maddinson got from Andrew Tye was one of the talking points from the match.
The fierce rising delivery was similar to the bouncer Maddinson received a few weeks ago that struck him on the right arm, near the wrist, from West Australian speedster Jhye Richardson during a Sheffield Shield match which broke his arm.
All Maddinson could do with the dangerous ball from Tye, on Wednesday evening, was to fend it away but the ball went to wicket-keeper Cameron Bancroft who took an easy catch.
Maddinson only managed to make two runs.
Tye’s delivery and Maddinson’s dismissal mode had the Big Bash commentators talking.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the other Big Bash players watch all the matches and they all would have taken note of the way Maddinson was dismissed.
The Stars now fly to Adelaide, where they’ll meet the Strikers on Friday night and no doubt Maddinson can expect a few short deliveries.
Tye ended up finishing with the impressive figures of 4/18 from his four-over spell and was named man of the match.
Meanwhile, Bancroft struck his biggest score since his return from suspension powering his way to 59 from 42 deliveries.