A calf injury to Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile has already proven costly to the Melbourne Stars – and more pain could be on the way – BBL side

Coulter-Nile was held off from finishing the final in a Boxing Day thriller against the Sydney Sixers on the Gold Coast for fear he might worsen his injury

Instead, Stars’ captain Glenn Maxwell took the ball, but conceded 20 runs with five balls when the Sixers scored a single-ball win on a wicket

The Sixers’ batsman Daniel Hughes hit a six, a four, and another six at the start of the over before completing the fourth delivery, losing 96 of just 51 deliveries


The decision to roll the part-time Maxwell was supported by Stars coach David Hussey, who said after the game that Coulter-Nile would be on the sidelines for two to three weeks

“He said he could try bowls and we encourage him to because he is a competitor and wants to win,” said Hussey

“But Glenn rightly said, ‘Well, mate, it’s a two week injury, a three week injury, or if you’re doing more damage by bowling, it could be the rest of the season’

“Glenn rightly dialed the right call and unfortunately Nathan will probably miss a few games now”

Despite the result and Coulter-Nile’s injury, the stars left Metricon Stadium excitedly after West Indian left-hander Nicholas Pooran’s first BBL batting game

The 25-year-old linked up with Maxwell in a 125-year partnership with the fifth wicket, scoring 65 of just 26 deliveries, including eight sixes, an immediate return to the stars’ efforts to lure him to Melbourne / p>

“The amount of work to get him over the line to play for us has been phenomenal,” said Hussey

“Our general manager, he has done a lot of work, calls back and forth in the middle of the night. He takes care of his agents and is then in New Zealand quarantine

“It was a lot of hard work but we finally got it done and yes we are just thrilled to have him here. If he keeps shining on the BBL it will be great to see”

The stars will also welcome Australian international Marcus Stoinis back to their duel with the Sydney Thunder in Canberra on Tuesday after resting for the Sixers match

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