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Russell, who was entirely signed 2 days in the past, was called to play towards his former facet on the MCG, however with a couple of caveats.
The 33-year-old required to sit by himself on the sidelines (as did Afghanistan spinner Qais Ahmed, in addition making his first appearance of the season) and was prohibited from offering high-fives or fist bumps to colleagues, or celebrating wickets.
Andre Russell sits alone through the Melbourne Stars innings. (Getty) The digicam continually lower to Russell sitting by himself– though he did not look additional alone at any level than when he stood, midway in between the border rope and the pitch as a regular catch to dismiss Nick Larkin was reversed because of a no ball for top.
Russell eventually arrived on the crease the next over when Hilton Cartwright was dismissed, as he (17 * off 9 balls) and Larkin (52 * off 43) guided the hosts to a rating of 4-165.
Openers Alex Hales and Sam Whiteman left quickly within the Thunder run chase, earlier than Sam Billings and Matthew Gilkes placed on 89 for the third wicket.
Qais later on took the important thing wicket of Billings, nevertheless like Russell, was prohibited from commemorating along with his teammates.
The run chase got here all the method to the wire– the Thunder requiring 11 to win from the supreme over with Ben Reducing and Alex Ross on the crease.
It was left to T20 World Cup hero Adam Zampa to bowl the supreme 6 balls– and regardless of two misfields from Marcus Stoinis and Beau Webster and a dropped catch from skipper Glenn Maxwell, the spinner did adequate.
With 4 needed to drive a fantastic over from the supreme ball, Zampa held his nerve and evaded the bat of Reducing fully.
Maxwell exchanged hugs with most of his teammates and in addition to air fist bumps together with his quarantined duo to preserve throughout the guidelines
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Andre Russell liked one of many stranger Big Bash returns you may ever see, since the Stars beat the Thunder in a last-ball thriller.
Many would bear in mind with a chuckle the sight of Steedens being intensely washed in eskys each time they went out of play, entirely to then be handled by each groups with out exception as quickly as they had actually been returned.
So far as humorous and largely for present COVID-19 constraints go, Friday night on the MCG ranks correct up there with scrubbing footies.
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