Returning from injury, with a steel bar in his arm, Nic Maddinson scored a century during a Sheffield Shield match against Queensland early this week. @ Getty Images

From last representing Australia in the Boxing Day Test in 2016, Nic Maddinson’s career went downhill that led to his ouster from New South Wales in 2018. Add to that, in his debut match for Victoria, he was hit on the forearm by a bouncer and X-rays confirmed that it was a fracture.

Returning from injury, with a steel bar in his arm, the 27-year-old scored a century during a Sheffield Shield match against Queensland early this week. It took him 169 deliveries to add 108, quite uncharacteristic of Maddinson, but he’s happy he’s got much-needed runs under his belt. “I felt like I had a scratchy 70 and then a good 30 before I got out,” he told Cricket Australia. (ALSO READ: Nic Maddinson opens up on battle with mental illness)

“(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.”

Talking about the four-inch metal bar in his broken arm, he said: “Other guys who’ve had a similar sort of injury said it takes 12-18 months before it’s felt normal again.”

“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.”

Thoughts about an international return don’t seem to trouble Maddinson. For now, he just wants to enjoy playing his cricket.

“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,” he said.