Maddinson’s dismal season may be over

Nic Maddinson’s underwhelming 2016/17 season may well have drawn its final breath.

Out of form and out of favour, Maddinson will miss his second-straight shield fixture this week, despite NSW having the chance to make a run at a top two finish.

“Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW advises that Australian and NSW batsman Nic Maddinson will not be available for selection due to personal reasons, until further notice,” a CA statement said.

From a distance, the current season looked to be Maddinson’s breakthrough year.

Indeed, if he’d been able to convert even one start into a score during the Pakistan test series things may have turned out very differently given the selectors’ persistence with the 25-year-old following a failed debut in Brisbane.

“At the end of the day I’ve had my chance and I couldn’t grab it,” Maddinson said last week.

“I actually haven’t even thought about playing Test cricket again since.”

It’s likely that Maddinson will take an indefinite break from cricket, with no word yet on when he’ll return.

 

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