Cowan criticises Cricket Australia over treatment of Maddinson

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Former Test batsman Ed Cowan has called on Cricket Australia (CA) to improve its player welfare as he voiced his support for axed youngster Nic Maddinson.

Cowan leapt to the defence of Maddinson following confirmation from CA that the 25-year-old is taking an indefinite break from cricket due to personal reasons following his withdrawal from New South Wales' Sheffield Shield match against Queensland.

Maddinson was dumped from Australia's Test team for the third and final match against Pakistan in January, having struggled in three appearances since his debut in November after scoring a total of just 27 runs.

NSW team-mate Cowan, who played 18 Tests for Australia, wants CA to provide more support for players axed from the national team.

"In terms of picking young guys, you need to make sure they're ready," said the 34-year-old.

"If they're going to churn through players, Cricket Australia needs to be aware there's going to be some burn.

"They're going to have to work extra hard on the welfare side to look after the guys they're going to spit out the other side.

"I don't think the Australian Test team manages any kind of exit very well. I know from my own personal experience it feels as though you're left at a train station and you look up and the train's five stops [ahead] flying down the track."

Cowan continued: "He's 25 years old, his best years are well and truly ahead of him.

"Even if he has a really lengthy break from the game - I have no idea whether it's a week or five years - but whenever he chooses to play cricket again he'll be successful."