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Nic Maddinson out to mix power, patience

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

Nic Maddinson's aggression has caught the eye of national selectors for a long time, now the batsman wants to please them with patience.

Maddinson produced an astonishing knock of 181 off 143 balls for Australia A in a tour game in Bristol that preceded the 2013 Ashes.

Then aged 21, Maddinson hammered 22 fours and nine sixes to outshine the likes of Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes.

Maddinson, who logged a duck on Test debut at Adelaide Oval, still boasts that innate ability to turn a Test in a single session. It was largely the reason he was called up as part of wholesale changes last month.

But the left-hander feels he has become a more rounded batsman capable of adapting to any situation, a trait that could be tested in Australia's day-night clash with Pakistan that starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

"At times I've probably been a little bit too aggressive when the situation didn't suit, but I feel like I'm more comfortable in my batting at the moment," Maddinson said on Sunday.

"That's an important part of how I can improve as a player.

"Which I guess comes with making enough mistakes and being around long enough to work it out."

David Warner, who has made a remarkable transformation from Twenty20 slugger to Test star, is a shining example of how a batsman can add strings to his bow.

Maddinson highlighted the importance of mindset as he seeks to cement his spot in Australia's new-look Test XI.

"It's all about finding a consistent mental state," he said.

"You're not in (the nets) there facing 150km/h balls all the time, but it's just as important I think being able to train your mind.

"The good players seem to do it and that's why they're so good over such a long period of time. Steve Waugh said it's 90 per cent mental and probably a lot of players would agree with it. You'd be silly not to."

Maddinson, who scored 80 for NSW in a day-night Sheffield Shield game last week, noted Test victories would encourage selectors to stick with an unchanged side and "let guys develop a little bit if they have missed out".

But the batsman was under no illusion about what was required to maintain his spot.

"You need a big score to stay in any team," he said.

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