NORMALLY people might choose to ignore a phone call when they are out on the golf course, but when Nic Maddinson saw the name of the chairman of selectors, John Inverarity flash up on his screen, he knew it was one he should probably take.
Fortunately they had met before and he had the number saved in his phone, so he recognised who was calling and knew it wasn’t a mate pulling his leg.
It was only a brief chat, but it lasted long enough for the 21-year-old to learn he had been selected in the Australian Twenty20 squad to tour India.
The former Shoalhaven cricketer said he was surprised more than anything after learning of his first national call up.
“It’s always been a goal to play for Australia, so it’s quite an exciting time,” he said.
“But even on the back of the Australia A tour I still thought there might be a few guys in front of me,” he added.
Maddinson gained some international exposure on the Australia A tour of the British Isles and southern Africa earlier in the year and is looking forward to his first tour with the full Australian squad.
“Just to get over there and be involved in the national set-up should be a good experience,” he said.
“You never know what to expect in India but it’s a hard place to play.
“I toured there with NSW a few years ago and I actually didn’t play, but I’ve been lucky enough to go there four times and it’s a very interesting place.”
Maddinson admitted he’s not really sure what to expect if he is given the nod to make his debut but will treat it as he would any other game.
“I’ve got the opportunity to prove myself so I have to trust what I know in my game and I’m not going to change the way I play.
“It’s definitely going to be a hard game.
“The hustle and bustle of T20 cricket always makes it a challenge and India have set the standard with the IPL, so they’ll be hard to beat.”
While he is hoping selection in the Twenty20 squad can be a stepping-stone to the test and one-day team, Maddinson said his main focus for the Australian summer is improving his form and consistency with NSW.
“Whether I’m in the mind of national selectors or not, it’s still important to step up for NSW,” he said.
“This is my fourth year of first class cricket now and to be honest I’ve been a bit disappointed with the last three years.
“Winning a comp with NSW is another goal I’ve set and if we’re playing well as a team, I think that’s something we can do.
As for playing for Australia, any more chances he gets will be a bonus.
“Anytime you represent you country, I think it’s something to cherish for any domestic cricketer.
“But you’ve got to give
the selectors a reason to pick you and the best way to do that is by scoring lots