Maddinson determined to overcome pink ball problems

THE numbers make for grim reading. 

ON HIS WAY: Nic Maddinson. Picture: Getty Images

ON HIS WAY: Nic Maddinson. Picture: Getty Images

Warilla junior Nic Maddinson has scored 163 runs facing a pink ball at Test and first class levels for an average of 20.38. 

In comparison his full NSW career average is 37.33, having regularly shuffled up and down the batting order.

The left-hander has had two weeks to mull over his Test debut duck, when South African Kagiso Rabada gave him a send-off after sneaking a yorker under his guard.

The 24-year-old’s second chance in the first Test against Pakistan on Thursday could again deliver a tricky evening session in Brisbane.

Coming in at No.6 leaves him open to potentially taking his guard in humid, swinging conditions, or in the dusk gloom before the grandstand lights fully take hold or both. But the Mercury sportsperson of the year finalist has taken confidence out of a fighting 80 in an innings of 269, after returning to the Adelaide Oval for NSW last week.

While he again fell without scoring in the second Sheffield Shield innings, Maddinson is determined to make the most of his Test opportunity, after initially being concerned he would be axed for Shaun Marsh.

“Regardless of what (colour) ball it was, that (80 against SA) was an important innings for me,” he said this week.

“I was still extremely disappointed to get out when and how I did, and to miss out in the second (NSW) innings but that’s cricket. I’ve moved on and I think the experiences that I’ve gained from failing in pink ball games has probably helped me in what I can prepare for this week.”

Pakistan had their own pink ball problems against a Cricket Australia XI which finished on Saturday, bowled out for 208 in their first innings, before their bowlers dominated to win 201 runs.

Australia held their nerve at the selection table, naming an unchanged squad for the Gabba showdown, after salvaging some pride by winning the third Test against South Africa with the new-look unit. 

If Maddinson keeps his place in the Test team for the India tour in February and March, it will mean he misses NSW’s Sheffield Shield match in Wollongong against Tasmania. 

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