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