Settled Maddinson ready for Pakistan
Australia rookie batsman Nic Maddinson says that he is more relaxed as he prepares to play his second Test against Pakistan at the Gabba in the coming week.
Maddinson made a 12-ball duck in his only Test innings to date with his time at the crease cut short by a ripper of a Yorker from Proteas pace ace Kagiso Rabada complete with a fiery send off.
The New South Wales Blues man has now had time to process everything that happened during his whirlwind rise to the Baggy Green and feels he is ready to face Pakistan.
Maddinson said on Sunday: “It happened all pretty quickly I guess.
“From playing a Shield game, flying out that night and straight into Test match preparation in Adelaide it was a bit of a whirlwind.
“But I’ve had time to settle now and reflect on the week that was in Adelaide, and a win. I’m looking forward to this one, probably a little bit more relaxed but it’ll be interesting to see how I go once I get to training and the nerves start flowing again.”
Maddinson feels that he needs a good game plan to tackle the Pakistan attack in conditions that will be extremely seam and swing friendly.
He added: “It’s all about me finding a consistent mental state where I can start my innings.
“Have a game plan where it can work, not just when I’m batting on a good day on a flat wicket, but something I can implement on days where the ball is moving and I’m not feeling like it’s all going together.
“I think that’s an important part of how I can improve as a player. And that’s where the inconsistencies lie at the moment.
“At times I’ve been a bit too aggressive when the situation didn’t suit, but I feel like I’m more comfortable with my batting at the moment, which comes with making enough mistakes and being around long enough to work it out.”
Maddinson notched an 80 for New South Wales in a pink ball game as the Aussie ODI side completed a 3-0 sweep of New Zealand and he feels in good touch.
“Regardless of what ball it was, it was an important innings for me.
“The game before that in Shield cricket, I probably didn’t get the runs I would have liked when I sort of felt in at times as well.
“So to be able to get 80 last week – I was still extremely disappointed to get out when and how I did in that innings, and to miss out in the second 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 I think in what I can prepare for this week.”
Australia meet Pakistan in the first of three Tests at the Gabba with the game getting underway on December 15.
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