Nevill set to claim keep­ing po­si­tion


PE­TER Nevill is set to get his place back as Test wick­et­keeper, armed with a man­date to be Steve Smith’s eyes and ears this Ashes se­ries.

Un­less there’s a dra­matic twist in the first in­nings of the Sh­effield Shield round start­ing to­mor­row, Nevill looks poised to cap an ex­tra­or­di­nary roller coaster ride and re­turn to the post he was so con­tro­ver­sially axed from 12 months ago.

Aus­tralia doesn’t ex­pect Nevill to com­pletely change his per­son­al­ity and sud­denly be a loud voice out on the field.

How­ever, it is de­mand­ing more pres­ence from the 32year-old glove­man, some­thing Nevill has al­ready started fine­tun­ing for NSW.

Aus­tralian spin­ner Nathan Lyon had a good bond with Matthew Wade as well, but ad­mits no one knows his game as in­ti­mately as Nevill.

Lyon said a stint as NSW cap­tain dur­ing the re­cent One­Day Cup has given Nevill the ideal plat­form to launch his re­worked pres­ence be­hind the stumps, should he get a Test call-up later this week.

Wade and Alex Carey would seem­ingly need to do some­thing spe­cial to rob Nevill now.

“I’ve al­ways felt Nev has been a good driver for any side I’ve ever played in,” Lyon said yes­ter­day. “I ac­tu­ally find Nev con­trols the en­ergy re­ally well.

“He’s prob­a­bly not as vo­cal as Wadey and he doesn’t say as much up to the stump mic as Wadey does, but that’s the way Wadey gets into a fight and I’ve got no dra­mas with that.

“I think the way Nev con­trols his team-mates and gets his bowlers go­ing around … ev­ery­one loves play­ing un­der Pete, and ev­ery­one has so much re­spect for him.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Nev … the way he’s con­trolled the en­ergy over the last cou­ple of Shield games has been pretty im­pres­sive.” ELL­YSE Perry last night ce­mented her place as one of the gi­ants of Aus­tralian sport, smash­ing a record dou­ble cen­tury to put the South­ern Stars on top in the day-night Ashes Test.

The greats al­ways have an im­pec­ca­ble sense of tim­ing, and it was no dif­fer­ent for Perry yes­ter­day as she ham­mered out the first hun­dred of her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer be­fore surg­ing on to post a match-turn­ing 213 not out, the high­est ever score by an Aus­tralian.

Perry, the dual-in­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non and only Aus­tralian to ever rep­re­sent her coun­try at a World Cup in two dif­fer­ent sports, has been a house­hold name for more than a decade now, but last night marked her finest ever hour.

In ex­tra­or­di­nary scenes at a buzzing North Syd­ney Oval, Perry was down to her last bat­ting part­ner, Me­gan Schutt (1no), when she slogged one over mid-wicket on 194 for what she thought was a mile­stoneeclips­ing six.

How­ever, her ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tions were quelled when re­plays showed the shot was only worth four and af­ter a sin­gle it was up to No.11 Schutt to bunt out the rest of the over to give Perry an­other shot.

The next over Perry nailed her op­por­tu­nity on take two, drilling a four straight down the ground to be­come only the fourth Aus­tralian in his­tory to notch a dou­ble ton with a score that will stand the test of time as the third high­est score in women’s his­tory - tak­ing over Karen Rolton’s 209no in 2001 as the all-time high by an Aussie.

At stumps last night on day three Eng­land was 280 and 0/40 in re­ply to Aus­tralia’s 9/448 (dec).

Pic­ture: MARK EVANS

YOU BEAUTY: Aus­tralia’s Ell­yse Perry cel­e­brates her cen­tury dur­ing day three of the Women's Ashes Test match against Eng­land.

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