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Maddinson fails to build on MCG start

AAP logoAAP 29/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

Nic Maddinson survived high noon, only to blow his chance of consolidating a Test berth.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade also failed on Thursday at the MCG as the Australian middle order again looked shaky.

No-one came into the Boxing Day Test under more pressure than Maddinson.

In his first two Tests he had scored a duck, one and four.

The NSW left hander had done well in the field, taking a sharp catch at bat-pad and also forcing a run out.

But as Australia made a strong start to their first innings, Maddinson's insides would have churned as he waited for his turn to bat.

That came when in-form No.5 Peter Handscomb was dismissed for 51, with Australia well-placed at 4-374.

It was 12.03 on day four, just under a half hour to lunch and five overs into the new ball.

Maddinson survived and his seven at lunch meant he had passed the aggregate for his previous three Test innings.

The No.6 was looking settled in the middle session when he tried to drive a Yasir Shah straight ball and was bowled for 22.

While there were signs of what Maddinson can offer, it was not enough and he will struggle to stay in the side for what would be his home Test in next week's series finale at the SCG.

"It was a perfect opportunity for him to cement his spot in the side," Shane Warne said on Channel Nine.

"It's not going to get too much easier than it was right there. You've got to feel for young Maddinson."

Wade has also struggled with the bat since his Test recall, only making four and seven.

His innings started dramatically when a well-struck pull shot hit Azhar Ali flush on the helmet at bat-pad, flooring the fielder.

Thankfully, Azhar was able to walk from the field.

A few balls later Wade also trudged off the MCG after trying to cut Sohail Khan, only to edge to Asad Shafiq at first slip for nine.

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