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Maddinson earns Test reprieve - for now

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Laine Clark

Shaun Marsh won't replace Nic Maddinson in the Australian Test team.

But his brother Mitch might.

An out-of-form Maddinson was retained in Australia's unchanged 12-man Boxing Day Test squad on Monday after Shaun Marsh's return was sabotaged by a lingering finger injury.

However, Maddinson won't be breathing any easier ahead of the second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne.

Australian captain Steve Smith on Monday did not rule out adding an allrounder to the squad to provide support for his weary pace attack after their epic 39-run day-night first Test win over Pakistan in Brisbane.

Josh Hazlewood bowled 42 overs, Mitchell Starc 38 and Jackson Bird 33 in Pakistan's marathon 450 second innings that just fell short of a world record 490 victory target early on day five.

Mitch Marsh appears the man most likely to be added to the team, where he bats at No.6 - the battling Maddinson's current spot.

Tasmania's James Faulkner is another contender after the Australian ODI star stroked a Sheffield Shield ton three weeks ago.

"It's obviously been a very tough Test match for our fast bowlers," Smith said.

"They've bowled a lot of overs and we are going to have to see how they pull up over the next couple of days.

"They are going to be put on ice over the next couple of days and try to get back a bit of energy and whatever soreness they have to get rid of that.

"I think an allrounder will be talked about."

An allrounder had been seen as a must by Smith and coach Darren Lehmann until Mitch Marsh was replaced by specialist batsman Callum Ferguson in their heavy Hobart second Test loss to South Africa last month.

Australian assistant David Saker lamented the lack of an allrounder as Pakistan went close to pulling off an unthinkable victory.

"Every side wants an allrounder in your top six or seven batters and that's really important for us, but at the moment we haven't got that," Saker told ABC Radio.

"We have to work with what we've got."

Maddinson, 24, had been expected to be replaced by veteran Shaun Marsh in Melbourne after a horror Test career start.

Maddinson - who had a 12-ball duck on debut - has just five runs at 1.66 after his two Tests.

He struck one and four with the bat in Brisbane and was asked to bowl just three overs of his left-arm off-spin for 0-9.

But Marsh failed to prove his fitness for his final Boxing Day Test audition - Perth's Big Bash League clash with Adelaide on Friday.

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