[caption id="attachment_807883" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-807883" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Nic-Maddinson-Getty.jpeg" alt="" width="628" height="419" /> 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[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>From last representing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/boxing-day">Boxing Day Test</a> in 2016, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/nic-maddinson/">Nic Maddinson</a> s career went downhill that led to his ouster from <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/new-south-wales">New South Wales</a> in 2018. Add to that, in his debut match for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/victoria">Victoria</a>, he was hit on the forearm by a bouncer and X-rays confirmed that it was a fracture. <p></p> <p></p>Returning from injury, with a steel bar in his arm, the 27-year-old scored a century during a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sheffield-shield">Sheffield Shield</a> match against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/queensland">Queensland</a> 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 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/cricket-australia"><em>Cricket Australia</em></a>. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/nic-maddinson-opens-up-on-battle-with-mental-illness-791224">Nic Maddinson opens up on battle with mental illness</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"(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." <p></p> <p></p>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." <p></p> <p></p>"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." <p></p> <p></p>Thoughts about an international return don t seem to trouble Maddinson. For now, he just wants to enjoy playing his cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"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.