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Maddinson may yet get Boxing Day reprieve

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Laine Clark

You could say besieged Australian batsman Nic Maddinson is due for a change of luck.

He didn't get it during the day-night first Test against Pakistan on Saturday, but he might catch a break before the Boxing Day Test, as an injury cloud over Shaun Marsh refuses to go away.

Adam Voges has revealed Marsh is still recovering from a broken finger and is battling to be fit for Perth's opening Big Bash League clash on Friday.

The BBL game was considered a Boxing Day Test audition for the 33-year-old Marsh.

The 19-Test veteran will undergo scans on Thursday.

"There is some doubt about Shaun," Perth batsman Voges told 6PR.

"I know he's desperate to play because I think that's his only chance to play before the Boxing Day Test match."

Maddinson had no shortage of luck in Brisbane on Saturday - unfortunately, all of it was bad.

He lasted just three balls before being caught slogging at fine leg off Wahab Riaz for four.

Yet Maddinson thought he might have dodged a bullet when umpires checked for a no ball, but to no avail.

In the first innings, the NSW left-hander made one - his maiden run in his second Test.

Overall, Maddinson has compiled five runs at 1.66.

At least it improved on his 12-ball duck on debut in the third Test in Adelaide.

Still, Maddinson did not have to be told he was on thin ice with Marsh lurking.

Former Test quick Ryan Harris mentioned it anyway on Saturday.

"He's definitely under pressure," Harris told Fox Sports TV.

"Any time you are not performing in this team you are under pressure.

"I would like to see him have another go, but on the flip side you have got Shaun Marsh coming back.

"And the thing with Shaun is that he can bat anywhere."

By rights, Maddinson should have cut a relaxed figure when he strode to the crease with Australia at 4-188 on Saturday, holding an overall lead of 475.

Yet Maddinson looked every inch a man under the pump from his first ball.

Maddinson's feet did not move as he took a wild slash at Rahat Ali.

Maddinson again came out swinging in the next over against another Pakistan left-arm quick Wahab with success - sort of.

He thumped a cross bat shot over long on for four - much to ex-Test skipper Mark Taylor's delight.

"That's how he plays," Taylor told the Nine Network.

"It's good to see. He's playing his natural game."

Next ball, Maddinson tried slogging Wahab again only to be caught on the boundary.

Former Test batsman Mike Hussey admitted he could feel for the out-of-sorts Maddinson.

"It's a tough call. He's only had two Tests," Hussey said of Maddinson's future.

"I feel for him.

"But if Shaun Marsh comes back, it's going to be hard to leave (Marsh) out."

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