Shoalhaven cricket product Nic Maddinson has made his international debut in Thursday’s Twenty20 clash with India in Rajkot.
Skipper George Bailey confirmed on Wednesday that Maddinson, 21, was a late inclusion to the Australian team following the withdrawal of regular captain Michael Clarke with a back injury.
At time of print no results could be recorded as the game was due to start on Thursday, but this converted to 1am AET Friday morning.
Maddinson is just the second Shoalhaven cricketer to represent Australia, after Ian Davis who played 15 Tests in the 1970s and was a member of the World Series squad.
Maddinson first caught the eyes of selectors in 2010 when he became the youngest NSW player to score a first class century, smacking 113 against South Australia as an 18-year-old.
Bailey said the left-hander was proficient in cricket’s shortest format, saying he played his way onto this tour thanks to his recent form with Australia A – where he impressed, including plundering 88 and 90 in one first class match against South Africa A.
“Nic will certainly play,” Bailey confirmed on Wednesday.
“I think this format really suits him. He’s had a really good Australia A winter for us, so it’s really about him continuing that. He’s an aggressive player who likes to take the game on.
“He ticks a lot of the attributes that we like in Twenty20. He has handy left-arm spinners as well. Certainly one of the things we look at is guys who can add strings to their bow.”
Explosive Australia opener Aaron Finch said fans could expect to see some fireworks from the debutant.
“He takes on all bowling, and I think anyone who has seen him play will be testament to that,” Finch said.
“He gives it a good smack and he’s a really good player.”