Glenn Maxwell was at his absolute best in the final game of the Big Bash League regular season on Wednesday evening, breaking record after record as a weakened Hobart Hurricanes bowling attack struggled to contain the Melbourne Stars.
Being out of finals contention seemed to ease every last bit of pressure on the Melbourne Stars, who finished their 20 overs with a ridiculous score of 2 for 273.
Of course, the Hurricanes had nothing riding on the game either with their spot in the finals secure and no chance to host the knockout fourth against fifth match, and despite a Ben McDermott 55 off 33 balls in the run chase, they would eventually fall by 106 runs.
But it wasn't the Hurricanes loss which had fans talking, but rather, the Stars win.
By the time it was all said and done, Maxwell ended up with a ridiculous 154 off just 64 balls not out, while he was ably supported at the front of the innings by Englishman Joe Clarke (35 off 18) and Marcus Stoinis at the back end (75 off 31). In fact, the argument could be made that Stoinis was hitting the ball cleaner than Maxwell was, but given Maxwell's exhaustion by the end of the innings, that fact is understandable.
Maxwell's 154 and the Stars 273 give them the following records:
- The highest Big Bash League score of all-time, surpassing the previous best, scored by the Sydney Thunder in the 2020-21 season against the Sydney Sixers - that was 5 for 232.
- The third-highest T20 score of all-time, only behind tied leaders Afghanistan and the Czech Republic, who both made 278 against Ireland and Turkey respectively during 2019
- The highest T20 score by a franchise team in any competition, surpassing the previous best of 2 for 267 set by Trinbago in the Caribbean Premier League, a match in which no centuries were scored as Colin Munro scored 96 off 50, Lendl Simmons made 86 off 42 and Kieron Pollard made 45 off just 17 balls.
- The second-highest match aggregate in BBL history, with 440 runs scored from the 40 overs.
- Glenn Maxwell now owns the highest BBL individual score in history, surpassing teammate Marcus Stoinis who previously held the record with 147 from just 79 balls against the Sydney Sixers in the 2019-20 season.
- Glenn Maxwell hit the ninth-highest individual score in T20 history. Chris Gayle holds the record with 175 from just 66 balls during the 2013 IPL. Aaron Finch sits in second for 172 from 76 balls against Zimbabwe during 2018.
- Glenn Maxwell has now scored more runs from boundaries than any other player in Big Bash history, his innings seeing him hit 22 4s and 4 6s for a total of 112 runs, also surpassing Stoinins who had made 100 from boundaries during the aforementioned innings against the Sixers.
- Glenn Maxwell has moved to five T20 centuries. Only Chris Gayle has hit more than eight in his career.
- Glenn Maxwell now holds the second-fastest BBL century, coming off 41 balls. Only Craig Simmons has a faster century, hitting one off just 39 balls during the 2013-14 season.