Glenn Maxwell 'invents' new cricket shot after equalling huge BBL record

The World Cup winner has carried over his scary form into the BBL.

Glenn Maxwell looks on and Maxwell plays a cricket shot.
Glenn Maxwell (pictured left) has equalled Chris Lynn's record for 14 player of the match awards in the BBL. (Getty Images/Fox Sports)

Glenn Maxwell has left cricket fans in awe after producing another creative innings to help the Melbourne Stars chase down a rain-impacted total of 98 in their Big Bash League win over the Renegades. The match was reduced to a 14-over clash after a pre-game rain delay, which eventually saw the Melbourne Renegades post 7-97 in the first innings.

And the Stars chased down the modest total in just 12 overs finishing on 2-98. While Tom Rogers remained not out on 42 at one end, it was Maxwell's shot creation and innings of 32 from 15 deliveries that had the crowd on their feet.

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At one stage, Maxwell looked like he was going to attempt a ramp shot, but switched his bat position with the delivery too far on the offside. Instead, the World Cup winner improvised and ramped the ball over the wicketkeeper in a creative shot.

"I'm going home happy," New Zealand commentator Ian Smith said as he laughed at the shot. "Just the skill of the man," former Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin added in commentary. "Gave himself room, recognised their was some pace on...That's a hard shot to play."

Maxwell finished with three sixes and two fours helping the Stars win their last four games for a 4-3 record, while the Renegades are last on 1-5. The Stars are now 16-9 in Melbourne derbies, after the Renegades won their two games last season. The teams will meet again at Marvel Stadium on January 13.

Glenn Maxwell glances a shot for four.
Glenn Maxwell (pictured) was at his destructive best against the Melbourne Renegades. (Photo by Graham Denholm - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images) (Graham Denholm - CA via Getty Images)

Maxwell also won his 14th BBL player of the match award. This draws his level with Chris Lynn for most individual honours in the tournament's history. "I will never get used to being at the other end to Glenn Maxwell," Rogers said after the victory.

"That's pretty ridiculous. The things he can do, I can't do them and a lot of people can't do them. "He's box-office, that guy. A great captain and a great man." Fans were quick to praise Maxwell's excellent form, which has seen him take off since this year's One Day International World Cup tournament.

Glenn Maxwell stars with the ball in the BBL

Maxwell also contributed with the ball to help him earn player of the match honours. Renegades marquee star Quinton de Kock raced to 23 from 16 balls before Maxwell dismissed him. Maxwell finished with an economical 1-8 after three overs.

The Renegades never recovered as spinner Dan Lawrence claimed 2-8 from his two overs. Unfortunately, Maxwell's international teammate Adam Zampa didn't enjoy his time out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Maxwell blasted Zampa for successive sixes, which saw his figures blow out to 0-27 off three overs.

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