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Maddinson failure opens door for Marsh

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Laine Clark

At least Nic Maddinson has a Test run to his name.

Not that anything could console Maddinson after he failed again on Friday in Australia's day-night first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.

The NSW left-hander opened the door for a recovering Shaun Marsh to make a Boxing Day Test return after falling for one at the Gabba.

The Test No.6 finally registered his first run in his second Test. And even that was hard fought.

He was dropped at short leg off legspinner Yasir Shah on nought - after a duck in a nightmare debut last month in Adelaide.

A nervous Maddinson somehow survived to finally get off the mark on his fifth ball with a flick off the pads against Yasir.

The Gabba crowd gave a huge cheer.

It provided a brief respite.

Maddinson was out soon after, caught behind off left-arm speedster Wahab Riaz.

His innings lasted eight balls.

"It was a tentative shot; it was almost as if he was trying to leave it," former Test opener Simon Katich told ABC radio.

Maddinson was cut some slack after his 12-ball duck on debut in Adelaide against South Africa.

He was bowled by a beautiful Kagiso Rabada delivery - with a pink ball, on a green top, at night.

But few could defend Maddinson's scratchy display on Friday.

"I am not sure what was going through his head - he looked on edge," ex-Australian opener Chris Rogers said.

Maddinson's dismal form augers well for Marsh's return from a broken finger.

Marsh hopes to prove his fitness in the Perth Scorchers' December 23 Big Bash League clash with the Adelaide Strikers.

Not much could make the situation worse for Maddinson - until he looked around his dressing room.

The two other batsmen ushered with him into the Test team in Adelaide - Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb - have gone from strength to strength in Brisbane.

Opener Renshaw hit 71 on Thursday at the Gabba - his maiden Test half-century.

And Handscomb struck his debut Test ton, finally dismissed on Friday for 105.

"I think it also highlights how well Renshaw and Handscomb have done," Rogers said of Maddinson's wobbly form.

"It's not just getting the score - it's looking comfortable.

"Maddinson was feeling the pressure and not playing the game he plays best."

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