Maddinson missing again for New South Wales
CRICKET: Former Australian Test cricketer Damien Fleming has speculated the left-hander was mentally and physically exhausted after being axed from the Test team after the New South Wales batsman's absence from the game continued.
Maddinson was left out of the NSW team to face Queensland in the Sheffield Shield starting Friday for personal issues having also been a late withdrawal from the win over Victoria earlier this month.
The 25-year-old, who was one of three players brought in to make their Test debuts for the third game of the series against South Africa last November, has had plenty of support but Fleming questioned whether he should have got a Test call-up.
"He got lucky. I don't think he should have been picked for that Test match," Fleming told RSN.
"Generally, even if you've been dropped, you're still invigorated and you're trying to get back in there.
"I would be thinking for Nic Maddinson, 'you would be having the rest of the summer off, and you need to clear your mind and you need to reset'.
"If he's in this frame of mind, he's going into the game with no thoughts of enjoyment. He's only seeing a negative outcome."
The two other players picked for that Adelaide Test, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb, have had a successful start to their international careers and have been chosen for the tour of India coming up later this month.
But while Renshaw and Handscomb have shined, Maddinson struggled. He was out for a duck on debut and could only manage scores of 1, 4 and 22 in innings against Pakistan.
He was dropped after three Tests and replaced by Western Australian all-rounder Hilton Cartwright.