Australia greats call for Nevill’s Test return

Two of Australia’s greatest Test cricketers have called for the return of wicketkeeper Peter Nevill to the Test side ahead of the Ashes series which starts next month.

Mathew Wade has come under increasing pressure to hold onto his spot in the Australian Test team after a lean trot with the bat.

Former Australia opening batsman Michael Slater said the selectors must go back to Nevill as he is simply the best gloveman.

The search for Australia’s next keeper is tricky as the selectors try to find someone in the mould of Adam Gilchrist, who was not only a good gloveman but one of the best batsman in the world.

Slater said on Sports Sunday: “I think we go back to the guy who’s (the best) gloveman. I read some quotes from (former Australia wicketkeeper) Ian Healy.

“Now he knows a little bit about ‘keeping and he said ‘let’s go for the gloveman, let’s not make excuses for the top six batters doing the job and expect the ‘keeper to do what Gilchrist did’.

“It’s like looking for another Warnie (Shane Warne) – you don’t find them. Get the guy who can take all (the catches). (Nevill) averaged over 50 for NSW last year. There’s nothing wrong with his batting.

“He might not be an aggressor but he does a fantastic job. He might not talk as much as Wade but I’m not sure the talk from Wade is appealing to some of his teammates.”

For his part, Gilchrist has given his opinion on the matter saying Nevill was treated harshly to be dropped in the first place.

Nevill was axed in favour of Wade during last year’s Test series at home to South Africa despite hitting a half-century in the first Test in Perth.