Nic Maddinson To Play With Same Mindset In First-Class Cricket After Horrible Test Start
The Australian left-handed batsman Nic Maddinson, who had a dreadful start to his Test career said he won’t be changing his mindset in the Sheffield Shield Tournament for New South Wales Blues even after he could score just 27 runs in his three Test outings for the national side.
The southpaw Maddinson, who plays for Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers, vowed to play in the same manner in the domestic leg which saw him earning the national cap.
“I’m just going to play the same way I was and still have the same mindset as what I did when I was playing those Tests. I’m not going to change anything,” Maddinson was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au
The New South Wales-born 25-year-old Maddinson made a Test debut in the day-night Test against South Africa in Adelaide after Cricket Australia Selectors made a huge change in the side following the two Test losses against Proteas.
“It’s pretty cliché to say you want to win games for New South Wales and do well but that’s the main goal. “I want to score hundreds, as many as I can. I’m out there to score runs. If they come at a run-a-ball or come at striking at 30 (runs per 100 balls faced) it doesn’t bother me,” Maddinson said.
The Blues batsman Maddinson was selected for the highest level of cricket alongside Victoria’s Peter Handscomb and Queensland’s Matt Renshaw, who had a terrific time in the three-match Test series against Pakistan sealing the opening position while notching a century each.
“It’s more about shot selection at times more so than changing my game and needing a new technique or whatever,” Maddinson added.
However, talented batsman Maddinson, who failed to leave an impact was dropped from the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney on January 03.
“I don’t want to think about Test cricket. It is hard (getting dropped) but at the end of the day I’ve had my chance and couldn’t grab so it’s back to Shield cricket to score runs again,” Maddinson remarked.
Maddinson also admitted that he had lost the best opportunity to make most out of it in the longer format.
“I had some pretty good opportunities in Melbourne and in Brisbane to really nail down a spot and didn’t grab them. Still, you don’t know until you’re there and have to perform under that pressure. At the time I didn’t feel out of place being in Test cricket.
Rated high in first-class for Australia, Maddinson was also overlooked for the four-match Test Tour against India which is kick-starting on February 23.
“I actually haven’t even thought about playing Test cricket again since (he was dropped). It’s been BBL and my focus has been there and going into Shield cricket I want to do as well as I can,” Maddinson concluded.
Maddinson averaged just 6.75 in his three Tests for Australia.
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