County cricket team Durham has roped in Australia’s top-order batter Nic Maddinson for the County Championship and One-Day Cup. The 30-year-old left-handed batter is available for the club after Australia A tour of Sri Lanka. The tour is set to end on Friday.
So far, the Australian cricketer has played 3 Tests and 6 T20 internationals for Australia. Besides, he has over 6,500 first-class runs, including 15 centuries.
He said he was “excited” to join, adding: “I can’t wait to get to the UK and join up with such a great club.”
For the unversed, Maddinson has played for both New South Wales and latterly Victoria in the Sheffield Shield and averages 40 at first-class level. He boasts of the highest score of 224 against South Australia. Besides, he captains Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.
Marcus North, Durham’s director of cricket, said Maddinson was a “very talented overseas signing who offers something with both bat and ball in both red and white-ball cricket”.
“His record in domestic cricket back in Australia is fantastic, and we are sure he will be a great addition to the Durham squad,” North added.
Meanwhile, Australia is currently playing an all-format series in Sri Lanka. They won the T20 series by a 2-1 margin. Australia won the first T20 internationals but couldn’t win the third one.
The two teams are currently playing against each other in a five-match ODI series. Interestingly, Sri Lank currently leads the series by a 2-1 margin with two games still to be played. Australia won the first ODI by 26 runs but Sri Lank then stormed back with two back-to-back wins.
The fourth ODI is slated to be played on Tuesday at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.