Australia's Nic Maddinson takes indefinite break from cricket due to 'personal reasons'

AFP, Feb, 09 2017

Sydney: Australian Test discard Nic Maddinson has indefinitely stepped away from cricket after a tough season in which the young batsman was dropped after just three matches.

Maddinson, 25, was a surprise inclusion in the Test team last November alongside Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb as the selectors sought an injection of youth after being hammered by South Africa in Hobart.

Australia's Nic Maddinson unavailable for selection due to personal reasons . AP

Australia's Nic Maddinson unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. AP

He made a duck on debut against the Proteas in Adelaide and averaged just nine runs in three innings against Pakistan before being dropped.

"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," they said in a joint statement late Wednesday.

Maddinson missed a domestic match for New South Wales last week. No reason was given but Cricket Australia said his Australian teammates had thrown their support behind him.

The 25-year-old was one of a trio of young batsmen to debut for Australia over the home summer after selectors shook up the underperforming side during the South Africa test series.

While Queensland opener Matt Renshaw and Victoria top order batsman Peter Handscomb thrived at the top level, Maddinson struggled and was dropped after the Boxing Day test against Pakistan, having scored only 27 runs from his three matches.

Published Date: Feb 09, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115