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Maddinson accepts Test cricket pressure

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016 Adrian Warren

From consistency to coping with the pink ball and his mental approach - Nic Maddinson admits he's got plenty to work on even though a Test debut may just be days away.

The attacking NSW left-handed batsman was one of the new faces in the Australian squad for the third Test against South Africa starting on Thursday in Adelaide.

Maddinson, 24, played two T20 internationals a year apart in 2013 and 2014, but it has taken six years since his first-class debut to earn Test recognition.

"I probably haven't been as consistent as I would have liked over he past couple of years in the four-day format," Maddinson said.

"But that's the area I've probably worked hard at compared to some of the others.

"It's a mental battle and that's probably where my game needs to develop a little bit.

"What I've tried to work on in the past 18 months, especially in my four-day game, is developing a game plan which will be consistent on any wicket and in any conditions."

Maddinson regards long standing NSW teammates Steve Smith and David Warner as reasonably close friends and first played alongside the Australian captain in Sydney club cricket as a 16-year-old.

"There's a bit of a relationship there and I'd be stupid not to get any of their advice," he said

South Australia batsman Callum Ferguson was dumped after one Test and Maddinson has no qualms about being under immediate pressure to perform.

"And rightly so. It's the Australian team, so if you're not up to the mark there's someone else who can take your spot, so of course I'd feel a bit of pressure," Maddinson said.

Maddinson said he didn't have a great record in day-night pink ball cricket, but wasn't going to let that worry him this week.

"I guess you've got to probably put it out of your head that it (the pink ball) might behave a little bit differently and just go in there and watch the ball and play it as you see it," he said.

"I've been guilty in the past of thinking a little bit too much out of the box and not just trusting my game plan and trusting my strengths so I guess that's probably a focus for me this week."

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