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Stopping Maxwell key to beating Stars: Abbott

In Hobart, the Stars were unable to defend 155 in what was the men in green’s second straight loss to start the tournament.

Glenn Maxwell top scored for the Stars with 47 from 31 balls and Abbott has already put a target on the big hitter.

“If he has a night out he’s going to be pretty unstoppable,” Abbott said. “Maxi is obviously a world-class player and he has done some good things in many T20 tournaments around the world. He is obviously a big player for them.

“He is one we will look to keep pretty quiet and if we can do that we are one step closer to a victory.”

It looked at one stage as if the Sixers would snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with Abbott and Curran at the crease but it wasn’t to be. Nonetheless, the England import’s performance with willow and the ball (3-24) was very encouraging to say the least.

“I knew he could bat but that was some clean ball striking,” Abbott said. “That’s nice to know that we’ve got a pretty strong tail when we need it in the back end of the tournament.

“Tommy’s very confident in his skills. That sort of energy rubs off on the rest of us and he really brings a lot of good vibes to training and a lot of knowledge having a fair bit of experience playing for his country and in the IPL and other tournaments as well.”

There have been high hopes for Sixers opener Jack Edwards but the 18-year-old has missed out in his first two digs of the Big Bash, registering scores of 13 and 9. Abbott has backed the long-haired prodigy to fire.

“Jack’s not far away from finding his feet,” Abbott said. “When he does he’ll be one to watch across this tournament because I think he’ll be one to light it up in the back end when we’re really looking to start hitting our form and timing our run into those finals.”

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