While Ashton Turner paved way for Maxwell from the squad that toured India recently, selectors have also included wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade.
The Thunder need a victory to have any chance of progressing to the next round.
The Stars have nearly confirmed a top-spot finish by the end of the round-robin stage.
Melbourne Stars have been in phenomenal form this season and are currently poised at the top of the table.
The Scorchers collapsed from 39/1 to 86 all out in a space of 61 balls.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has returned to the Stars.
All the statistical highlights from Perth Scorchers’ record win against the Hurricanes.
In the absence of D'Arcy Short, skipper Matthew Wade and Caleb Jewell are expected to propel Hurricanes to a flying start.
All the statistical highlights from Perth Scorchers’ big win over the Brisbane Heat on Saturday.
The Renegades have made as many as three changes to their 13-man squad.