Maddinson and Renshaw must play Shield cricket

It’s fair to suggest Nic Maddinson’s Test Debut didn’t go the way he dreamed it would. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: This seems like one of those cases where you’d think common sense surely must prevail. Young batsmen trying to find their feet in the Test side should be getting as much in the middle as is humanly and logistically possible.

With the ODI squad named just prior to the pink-ball Test in Adelaide last week, Test players Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, and 12th man Chadd Sayers are all – in theory – free to play the round of Sheffield Shield games starting next Monday.

With the exception of Khawaja – who might have played his best Test innings – all of them will benefit from more First Class cricket, and none more so than Maddinson and Renshaw.