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Renshaw hopes to ease Maddinson's nerves

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Laine Clark

Nerves aren't getting the better of anxious Australian rookie batsman Nic Maddinson - for now.

Chatty opener Matt Renshaw admits he has had to bite his tongue in the dressing room so he doesn't add to teammate Maddinson's anxiety.

The NSW left-hander is sweating on making runs - and plenty of them - at the day-night first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane after a horror debut.

Maddinson was bowled for a 12-ball duck in Australia's third Test win over South Africa in Adelaide last month.

It was a peach of a delivery from Kagiso Rabada.

Under lights.

And using a pink ball.

But Maddinson knows he has plenty to prove when he finally gets out to the crease.

He spent Thursday waiting in the sheds as Australia cruised to 3-288 by day one stumps at the Gabba.

And Renshaw is determined not to make matters worse.

"I try to keep away from him (Maddinson) because I seem to talk a bit too much when I get out," Renshaw said.

"I will try to keep away from everyone just so I don't annoy them."

Renshaw successfully overcome his own bout of Gabba nerves on Thursday.

The England-born Queenslander ditched his cautious approach at his homeground with an entertaining 71 - his maiden half century in his second Test.

"I was a little bit more nervous this morning than I thought I would be (at his homeground)," Renshaw said.

"But as soon as I walked on to the ground for anthems and heard the crowd I was just more excited than nervous really.

"Everyone's disappointed when they get out but I got 71 and it's my best innings in Test cricket."

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