Peter Nevill is another guy I love in this current team. Plenty of haters for his lack of runs, but the situations that he has found himself arriving at the crease in have been tough to show his hand. After his move from Victoria to New South Wales, his batting has gone through the roof.
He is an accumulator of runs, not a master blaster and I think he is exactly what this team needs. Despite technically being the number one ranked test team, and only getting bowled out a handful of time in our home summer, a good seam bowler in the right conditions can rip through our top order. Until we build a reputation for an ability to fight in all conditions, we need someone like him at seven. Someone that can bat through with the tail, let Starc open his shoulders. Maybe even hang around long enough for Lyon to show his proficiency in blocking and sweeping.
For me, you treat your wicket keeper like an all-rounder. If he can average over 30, he is contributing enough. If we take Gilchrist out of the equation (since he changed the expectations across the globe), Haddin averaged 32, and Healy averaged 27. Both were considered handy contributors. Currently, Nevill is averaging 27 without many opportunities. I know we would prefer that figure to be around 35 or above, but in reality 30 is the lower limit. There is no doubt he is the best gloveman in the country, and until he starts dropping them or has a serious run of low scores through this coming summer, I can’t see him going anywhere yet.
Prediction: I’m expecting a couple of half centuries and quick gloves to hold any questions of Wade coming in at bay.
Statistics Source: ESPNCricinfo
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