After failing to impress the Cricket Australia selectors in Test format, Nic Maddinson is meeting his first-class side New South Wales Blues members on Friday alongside his teammate Ed Cowan to discuss his future.
“The ACA [Australian Cricketers’ Association] I can’t speak highly enough in terms of their welfare program in terms of getting guys and managing their mental health. I certainly think it’s one aspect that Cricket Australia and the Test team can improve,” Cowan was quoted as saying by Canberra Times
Cowan expressed the Tests players who struggled to perform should be given a leeway.
“I don’t think the Australian Test team manages any kind of exit very well – I know from my personal experience it feels like you’re left at a train station, you look up and the train’s five stops flying down the tracks,” Cowan remarked.
Cricket New South Wales’ decision came after the left-handed batsman Maddinson decided to take a break from cricket while citing personal reasons.
“Talent comes in many forms, it comes in physical, mental and emotional. If they’re going to churn through players,” Cowan said.
However, the Blues coach Trent Johnston has stated Maddinson will return to play cricket soon.
“We’ll be sitting down and talking with Nic tomorrow [Friday] and just seeing where he is and how he’s going. It’s a day-by-day and game-by-game situation – he’s going well at the moment,” Johnston said.
The Nowra-born Maddinson will miss a Sheffield Shield match against Queensland which will start on Friday (February 10).
“Cricket Australia need to be aware that there’s going to be some burn and that they’re going to have to work extra hard on the welfare side for guys that they spit out the other side,” Cowan added.
The 25-year-old Maddinson was picked as a surprise inclusion in the third Test against South Africa after Australia struggled in the first two Tests at home in November last year.
“It’s not just his [Maddinson] batting, it’s his experience, this time last year he was captaining NSW. His bowling’s very handy as well, he’s a three-dimensional player for us and not too many of those are floating around in Shield cricket, especially as good as him,” Maddinson concluded.
Maddinson had a torrid outing in three Tests. He scored just 27 runs at the average of 6.75 which did not justify his numbers in the first-class cricket.