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Maddinson can't crack Blues team
Joe Barton
18:24 AEST Tue Nov 27 2012

Once touted as a future Test No.3, Nic Maddinson's star has fallen so far he can't even crack an understrength NSW team.

Following a brilliant debut season, when he became the youngest player to score a century on debut for NSW, Maddinson quickly rose through the ranks to ear a call-up for Australia A in 2011.

But the runs have dried up ever since, the 20-year-old omitted from a NSW outfit missing Test batsmen Michael Clarke, David Warner and Shane Watson for this week's Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Canberra.

Instead the Blues brainstrust entrusted inexperienced pair David Dawson and Scott Henry as the opening batsmen, while regular wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will bat at No.3.

It follows scores of six and six for Maddinson in the Blues' draw with Victoria at the SCG last week, and continues a bad run of form that has resulted in his first class average dropping nearly ten points since his rookie season where he had 437 runs at 39.72.

In that rookie season he clubbed two impressive centuries - but he hasn't reached three figures since and this summer has passed 50 just once in first class cricket for the Blues.

Former Test quick Doug Bollinger backed the youngster to rebound from his mini slump and come back an improved batsman.

"I'm sure he'd like more runs, definitely. And I'd like more wickets," Bollinger said.

"We can only fit 11 in the team.

"I'm sure (Nic) can go back and get some runs and come back as strong as ever. He's such a good player and such a good guy. I hope he does.

"... I know I've been 12th man a few times. It sucks, but that's just the game.

"You're in or you're out. You've just got to be a man and take it on the chin."

Maddinson is still highly regarded in the national setup and was last week nominated by Cricket Australia talent manager Greg Chappell as a player to watch out for in this summer's Big Bash series, where he will play for the defending champions the Sydney Sixers.

"He is a player of quality who hasn't yet reached his potential," Chappell said.

"He can swing a game with an ability to deliver what's required in any given situation with power and finesse."


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