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Sydney Thunder’s Alex Hales breaks Marcus Stoinis’ BBL record against Adelaide Strikers

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England star Alex Hales shattered the Big Bash League record for most six in one season tonight as he led the Sydney Thunder to a mammoth victory over the Adelaide Strikers.

Marcus Stoinis’ 28 sixths in the 2019-20 season are no longer the record after Hales exploded his 29th maximum of BBL10, as the Thunder claimed a nine-wicket victory with 7.5 overs remaining at the Adelaide Oval.

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Hales clinched his 29th sixth of the tournament thanks to a weak draw on a bowling leg strain from leg thrower Liam O’Connor, and although he enjoyed a horrific delivery, he backed it up with his 30th sixth in the competition. bowling for former Australian international Peter Siddle two balls later.

Hales’ six records saw him kneel down and sweep O’Connor’s delivery into the Chappell Stand, prompting former England international and Fox Cricket commentator Isa Guha to declare ‘which player’.

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Hales ’30 maximums are followed by Stoinis’ 28 (BBL09), Chris Lynn’s 27 (BBL05), Liam Livingstone’s 27 (BBL09), Lynn’s 26 (BBL06) and D’Arcy Short’s 26 ( BBL07).

Ben McDermott (21 six), Jake Weatherald (21), Lynn (20) and Colin Munro (18) follow Hales in the BBL10 sixes rankings.

Lynn has an incredible lead at the top of the BBL career sixes, with skipper Brisbane Heat sitting on 166 six, Glenn Maxwell on 96, Aaron Finch on 86, Ben Cutting on 84 and Dan Christian on 83.

Hales tonight hit an unbeaten 63 of 39 balls in a punched inning with four fours and four sixes, while Thunder captain Callum Ferguson (46 out of 33) also shot.

The only real highlight for the Strikers in chasing the Thunder was Dan Worrall’s incredible performance to take out Usman Khawaja.

The right-arm seamstress ripped Khawaja’s ankle off the ground with an unplayable swinger on the Thunder’s first innings ball.

“Did you see the curve on that?” Said Guha.

“It’s a wonderful bowling game.”

Weatherald had 80 points on just 47 balls as the Strikers put the Thunder 115 up for grabs in a rainy game reduced to 14 overs.

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