Is Maddinson’s lone hand enough for Test spot?

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Author 2019-10-31 06:48:00

Nic Maddinson has again put his name in front of Australian selectors, bludgeoning the Tasmanian attack as his Victorian teammates crumbled around him.

On an old-fashioned Bellerive green-top, the Vics provided little resistance outside of Maddinson, who carried the visitors from 8-66 to 127 with a series of gaudy shots, six of which cleared the fence.

An over after Peter Siddle fell for 3 off 7 balls, Maddinson took the long handle to former Test bowler Jackson Bird, plundering 16 runs off three balls, 4, 6, 6, all on the leg side.

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Nic Maddinson plays a ramp shot during his stunning half century. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

The 27-year-old, who scored more than half the Victorians’ runs, was the last man to fall, caught by Nick Jewell at third man off Tassie seamer Alex Pyecroft for 69 off 68 balls.

Only two Sheffield Shield games removed from crunching a double ton against South Australia, Maddinson now has 367 runs at 91.75 after four shield innings.

At one stage, he was 17 off 43 balls, digging in on the nightmare deck, before freeing his shoulders as the tailenders came to the crease.

The Tasmanians aren’t faring much better in reply, two wickets falling before the score reached double figures after Peter Siddle trapped Beau Webster in front and then Chris Tremain removed Charlie Wakim for a duck.

Test hopefuls Marcus Harris (13), Peter Handscomb (11) and Will Pucovski (three) all fell cheaply after the Vics were sent in.

Pyecroft finished with 3-16, Bird, who sat out Tasmania’s last match for the birth of his first child, grabbed 3-35 as the Victorian top-order crumbled in the tough conditions.

Filling in for rested Test skipper Tim Paine, Jake Doran snaffled five catches behind the stumps.

Both teams are chasing their first Shield win of the season.

—With AAP

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Maddinson crunches one of his six sixes in the innings. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

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