Maddinson taking mental health break
Victorian batsman Nic Maddinson has pulled out of Tuesday’s Australia A match against Pakistan, citing mental health concerns.
Maddinson will be replaced by former Test opening batsman Cameron Bancroft.
Next week’s three-day tour match will determine the final two spots in Australia’s batting line-up for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.
With scores of 224, 37, 37, 69 and 22 in the Sheffield Shield, Maddinson had pushed himself into contention for a Test recall, potentially opening the batting with David Warner. He is currently the third-highest run scorer of the 2019/20 Sheffield Shield.
However, the 27-year-old’s return to Test cricket will be delayed while he manages his mental health.
Nic Maddinson has withdrawn from Australia A’s tour match against Pakistan on mental health grounds. In comes Cameron Bancroft. Good luck, Maddo ❤️— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) November 9, 2019
Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of National Teams, said Maddinson would be supported until he returns to full health.
“The wellbeing of our players is always our primary concern. We are proud that our players are comfortable to speak honestly and openly about how they are feeling.” Oliver said.
“We will provide Nic with all the support and care we can and wish him a full and speedy recovery. We also ask that Nic’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Australia A coach Graeme Hick has also thrown his support behind Maddinson, applauding the batsman for speaking up and taking action.
“Nic has made the right decision and we are all behind him,” said Hick.
“It is braver to speak up than to suffer in silence and I applaud Nic for having the courage to put his health first.”
Nic Maddinson has scored 389 runs at 77.80 this season.Source:AAP
Maddinson is the third Victorian batsman to take time away from cricket for mental health reasons in the past 18 months, with Glenn Maxwell and Will Pucovski each stepping away from the game.
Maddinson played three Test matches for Australia in 2016, scoring 27 runs from four innings.
The left-hander is one of three Australian batsman to score centuries on debut for two states in the Sheffield Shield, the others being Sir Donald Bradman and Michael Bevan.
Next week’s tour match against Pakistan has been referred to as a classic “bat-off”, with spots in the national side up for grabs.
Travis Head, Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja and Will Pucovski are all vying for the two vacant batting positions.
The three-day tour match starts Tuesday at Optus Stadium.
— with AFP