There have been few finer glovemen or keeper-batsmen in Australia’s cricketing history than Adam Gilchrist, and the former superstar has made it clear he thinks Peter Nevill should be wearing the gloves for Australia when the first ball is hurled down at the Gabba in Brisbane this summer.
Nevill was a shock victim of the broom that swept through the Australian squad after a series loss on home soil to South Africa having been replaced by Matthew Wade, who has since gone on to underwhelm at every turn.
Speaking on Fox Sport’s Back Page Live show, Gilchrist said it was “tough on him (Nevill) to get dropped.”
“I thought he was the victim of a pretty poorly performed batting order, top order.
“Wade came in because they wanted runs and they wanted a voice behind the stumps.
“As a fan, wanting Australia to win the Ashes I think Nevill should be back in.”
A better option
While Wade has certainly provided a louder, clearer voice behind the stumps than the one conjured up by the reserved Nevill, he has simply not scored enough runs to justify his position in the side as a batsman, nor has his glove work been up to the standard required of a Test wicketkeeper.
Gilchrist did acknowledge that six of Wade’s 10 Test matches have been played on the subcontinent which is rightly considered the toughest place to keep wicket in the world and one of the tougher tests on batsmen in world cricket.
With that in mind, it is still fair to suggest Wade’s time has come to an end, especially after he was axed for an ODI game on the most recent tour of India, with part-timer Peter Handscomb taking the gloves.
Once he was dropped from the Australia setup, Peter Nevill responded in superb fashion, crunching out some big scores and carving out plenty of runs in his return to the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales, where he managed 625 runs at 56.81 to finish out the domestic season.
The superior glovework and more steady presence at the crease has many feeling Peter Nevill is the right option, with notable experts like Gilchrist, Michael Slater and Ian Healey, who himself kept for his country, all touting Nevill for a return to the Test arena.
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