According to the Herald Sun, Nic Maddinson is working his way back toward Test cricket and was recently named in Victoria’s side for the JLT Cup, set to bounce Sunday in Townsville.
New South Wales let him go at the end of last summer.
He was Player of the Year for NSW last year in one-day format.
He has three Test caps to his credit from 2016, but a score of just 27 runs in four innings essentially doomed his chances of being retained by the baggy green.
“I don’t think I was ever at my best when I was given the opportunity (to play Test cricket),” Maddinson said.
That one could result in his being awarded the Understatement of the Year, but Maddinson does not lack for confidence in his skills.
“I think I have the skill to be back playing Test cricket again. It’s just a case of putting together a lot of runs. I have played for eight years at NSW, and I am 26, so hopefully heading in to best part of my career,” he said.
Other plans in the immediate future include playing club cricket for St. Kilda and trying to get a slot on Victoria’s Sheffield Shield team.
He is certainly not without opportunities.
He has a three-year deal with the Melbourne Stars to play Big Bash cricket.
“I think Victoria was a pretty good option for me. I feel like the system and environment is well suited to me and my personality. I wasn’t coming down here just for the Stars, it was a decision based on trying to play four day cricket again,” Maddison added.
Many are called, but only XI are chosen, well, XII, but you get the point.
To survive at the top levels as a batsman, 100s are part of the equation, something that is high on the list of Australian Coach Justin Langer.