Nic Maddinson's major reveal amid fury over devastating injury in BBL

Nic Maddinson went down with a brutal knee injury during the Melbourne Renegades' clash with the Perth Scorchers in the BBL.

Nic Maddinson, pictured here after suffering a brutal knee injury in the Melbourne Renegades' loss to Perth Scorchers.
Nic Maddinson suffered a brutal knee injury in the Melbourne Renegades' loss to Perth Scorchers. Image: Getty

Nic Maddinson has revealed he doesn't think the Marvel Stadium surface is to blame for his devastating knee injury. The Melbourne Renegades star went down in brutal scenes on Sunday after collapsing on his left knee against the Perth Scorchers.

Maddinson fielded the ball before spinning to throw and landing on his left leg. However his knee gave way and he fell to the ground in significant pain.

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After receiving assistance on the field he was eventually taken off on a medicab. The 31-year-old will undergo scans on his left knee amid fears he has suffered a serious injury.

"It obviously didn't look very good. He's still in quite a bit of discomfort," teammate Aaron Finch said after the match. "It's really unfortunate. It was pretty innocuous. Just looking at the replay, it looked like his foot got stuck in the ground and everything twisted."

Tellingly, Maddinson has since revealed he doesn't think the surface at Marvel Stadium was to blame. The outfield appeared patchy in places, leading to fans questioning whether the surface played a part in causing Maddinson's injury.

Finch said the patchy surface was "a bit sandy and a lot slower than I've seen it in the past". However he said he was unsure whether it played a role in Maddinson's injury.

Brutal day for Melbourne Renegades in BBL

It marked a horror day for the Renegades, who suffered a fourth-successive loss and also saw Peter Handscomb leave the field due to heat exhaustion. Finch's knock of 65 off 48 balls had given the Renegades a sniff, steering them to 6-155 from their 20 overs.

But South African star Faf du Plessis (39 off 29) and Cameron Bancroft (46 off 32) laid a solid platform for the Scorchers before leading run-scorer Josh Inglis (47 off 34) got the visitors home. The Scorchers reached the victory target with two balls to spare, despite the efforts of Renegades bowler Kane Richardson (2-21).

Renegades wicket-keeper Handscomb was substituted after 16 overs as he struggled with the effects of the oppressive heat. Finch revealed the umpires had raised concerns over Handscomb, who was sweating profusely and missed the stumps on his first attempt during a simple run-out chance.

Nic Maddinson, pictured here being taken from the field on a medicab after suffering a serious knee injury.
Nic Maddinson was taken from the field on a medicab after suffering a serious knee injury. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

"They felt as though he was stumbling around behind the stumps and they wanted him to go off," Finch said. "It was a little bit scary. He's a big sweater and finds it hard to retain any fluids, so I'm sure that contributed.

"It was brutally hot out there today. There was no breeze and it was seriously hot in the middle, especially under a helmet for eight overs there to the spin and batting a bit as well."

Maddinson's injury came after his brutal batting form slump continued. He was out for a first-ball duck, giving him a total of just three runs in his last five innings.

Finch became just the second player in BBL history to reach 3000 career runs, joining all-time leading scorer Chris Lynn. The win marked Perth's fourth-straight win, firming up their spot at the top of the table.

with AAP

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