SHOALHAVEN Heads junior cricketer Nic Maddinson believes tips from Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann will help take his game to the next level.
While touring England with Australia A, the left-hander said he gained some valuable insight into his own game from the former free-scoring South Australian batsman.
“It was good to have a fresh coach around,” Maddinson said.
“I just asked him about my batting.
“He was trying to get guys to be aggressive but keeping some composure at the same time.
“I found it good to talk to him because I am an aggressive player and we talked about developing my style on pitches over there.”
After working closely with Lehmann, who was Australian assistant coach prior to Mickey Arthur’s dismissal, Maddinson clearly adapted to English conditions early in the tour, smashing 181 in a tour match against Gloucestershire.
But a dip in form following the innings, and a mixed tour of South Africa pushed him to search for personal improvement before chasing a spot in Lehmann’s starting 11.
“I probably want to have a little bit of consistency in my game,” Maddinson said.
“The last three years I haven’t been as consistent as I would like so hopefully I can improve on that.
“I am sort of learning my game as well so I guess playing over winter and playing those four day fixtures against guys who have played international cricket is a massive plus for me and something I enjoy.”
Despite admitting a baggy green is at the top of his wish list, Maddinson preferred to focus on a successful domestic season with the NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers.
During a tour of the Illawarra last week, he and teammate Moisés Henriques – who made his own Test debut during the failed tour of India – were setting the bar high for the 2013/14 campaign.
Henriques backed Maddinson to have
success at the highest level.
“Nic has got all the potential in the world so I think he has got to just stay patient because he is so young and there are still so many years left,” Henriques said.
“He is going to keep improving physically and mentally so he has to just stay patient with everything and not get too disappointed when things aren’t going well and not getting too happy when things are going well.”
NSW will start their pre-season in the coming weeks with three trial games in Brisbane against Western Australia.