West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard confirmed his status as a key player in the forthcoming Twenty20 Big Bash League in Australia after hitting six sixes in an over during an Adelaide Strikers warm-up game at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide yesterday.
Pollard, a Strikers favourite after his exploits with the team in previous Big Bash tournaments, demonstrated his massive hitting ability in the contest, leading the veteran Brad Hodge — who was at the non-striker’s end at the time — to marvel at the big West Indian’s power.
“It’s the biggest hit I’ve seen in a long time and I don’t even reckon he got all of it,” said Hodge. “It’s pretty scary stuff.
“He just said: ‘I’ve had enough,’ and thought: ‘I’ll try and hit a few here.’ When you sit at the other end, you just think how unbelievable that is, just the strength of the man, the skill of the human being. It’s good he’s come here in good form and a scary thought for any other player. It was cool fun watching, the ease he does it with is unbelievable.”
The Big Bash begins on tomorrow when the Strikers play their first match at home to the Melbourne Stars, with Pollard one of many top names on show, alongside the Stars’ Kevin Pietersen..