Australia A southpaw batsman Nic Maddinson has decided to opt-out of the upcoming tour game against Pakistan citing mental problems. The tour game will be a three-day Day-night affair which will begin in Perth from 11th November.
Subsequently, Cameron Bancroft will replace Nic Maddinson in the squad. In fact, the squad has many big Australian players who will look to make the cut for the two-match Test series against Pakistan, commencing from November 21.
Cricket Australia’s EGM of National Teams Ben Oliver has put his weight behind Nic Maddinson.
“The wellbeing of our players is always our primary concern,” Oliver said. “We are proud that our players are comfortable to speak honestly and openly about how they are feeling. We will provide Nic with all the support and care we can and wish him a full and speedy recovery. We also ask that Nic’s privacy be respected at this time.”
On the other hand, Australia’s batting coach Graeme Hick has also supported Nic Maddinson’s decision. Hick stated that the top-order batsman has shown the courage to speak up.
“Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him,” Hick said. “It is braver to speak up than to suffer in silence and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first. While saddened to see Nic stand down, we welcome Cam Bancroft to the Australia A XI. Cam is obviously no stranger to quality international bowling and the Perth Stadium wicket. We have no doubt he will fit well into the team,” Hick said.
Meanwhile, Nic Maddinson has been in fine form in the recent past. The left-hander had scored a double century for Victoria while playing against South Australia in the opening fixture of the Sheffield Shield.
Earlier, Maddinson’s Victorian teammate Glenn Maxwell also took an indefinite break from the game due to mental woes. Maxwell decided to take the sabbatical in between the series against Sri Lanka.