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"I wasn't really expecting to be playing Shield cricket, if at all this year, so I'm just happy to get that opportunity" - Maddinson

Nic Maddinson scored a hundred on his return to competitive cricket for Victoria after he broke his arm during his Sheffield Shield debut for the state in December 2018. Playing with a steel bar in his arm, his top-hand, he scored a less fluent, and more dogged century against Queensland, and top-scored for his side in the first innings.

It was, however, an uncharacteristically reserved innings from Maddinson. However, the batsman believes that his innings was a consistent with his growth as a batsman. "I felt like I had a scratchy 70 and then a good 30 before I got out," he told Cricket Australia. "(I'm) a year older, (so I) probably don't care as much about the scoreboard or how I'm going and scoring runs. I've done it enough times, I feel like I can recognise those moments and just accept it a little more rather than trying to push my way through it playing the same way."

It was way back on Boxing Day 2016 when Maddinson played his last Test match. Since then, his performances have gone downhill in the longer format, culminating in his ouster from New South Wales in May 2018. He needed a fresh start, and decided that Victoria was the ideal place for it. He decided to make a move.

Maddinson had an auspicious start with Victoria in December 2018 - a 162 was certainly an ideal way to kick things off with a new state. However, what followed put a painful stopper in his debut match for Victoria. A bouncer hit him on the forearm while batting and was immediately rushed off the field for scans, wincing, and in visible pain, and the X-rays confirmed the worst. A broken arm.

"Other guys who've had a similar sort of injury said it takes 12-18 months before it's felt normal again." Maddinson told Cricket Australia, about the 4-inch metal bar in his fractured arm to hold it together. "Once I found that out, I could relax a little more and just enjoy playing. The last message I got was that it might need to come out, the bit of metal in there, in the off-season. It's pretty rigid in there at the moment."

The southpaw, however, downplayed his hopes for an international return any time soon, and stresses that playing stress-free cricket and enjoying his batting were his priorities. "I wasn't really expecting to be playing Shield cricket, if at all this year, so I'm just happy to get that opportunity. Honestly I don't really care whether I score no runs or whether I score heaps of runs for the rest of the year - I'm just happy playing. It's probably the most I've enjoyed cricket this year."

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