Nic Maddinson, the new player in the Australian team could not deliver a strong impression in the recently concluded test matches with Pakistan. In his maiden Test, the player could score only five runs playing for a total of three innings. After his poor performance, the player is now on the verge of a struggle to maintain his position in the team for the upcoming Test against Pakistan. The Test match has a special significance as it is the Boxing Day Test against the visitors. The selectors are bent towards another all-rounder first class player Hilton Cartwright to replace Maddinson. The incumbent player presently bats in the sixth position down the line up.
However, the new player has found a strong supporter on his side betting for his inclusion in the Boxing Day match. Brad Haddin, the former Australian wicketkeeper persisted that the selectors should hold on to Maddinson. Even though, Cartwright has a batting average of 44.50 and a bowling average of 41.93 in first class matches, which is better than that of Maddinson's, Haddin requested the selectors to be patient over him.
According to Haddin, Maddinson had to face a different condition playing with the pink ball. He also added that the player was "a bit unlucky" citing that the pink balls are a bit different. Maddinson, in his maiden test inning was dismissed in the next ball after he smashed an impressive boundary. In the second inning, he arrived in the crease only at the verge of declaration. Haddin emphasized that the player should immediately show up some strength.
Meanwhile, it is natural for the selectors to consider another option to by-pass Maddinson when two of his fellow first class players delivered a contrasting performance. Peter Handscomb successful proved his worthiness as an opener playing intensive innings. On the other hand, Matt Renshaw came up as a dependable middle order batsmen in the team. In first class cricket, Nic Maddinson had an average of 36.64 with the bat. The player has also set several records in BBL.
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