Nevill’s res­ur­rec­tion com­plete in labour of glove

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - BEN HORNE IN SYDNEY

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

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

Aus­tralia do not ex­pect Nevill to com­pletely change his per­son­al­ity and sud­denly be a loud voice in the field.

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

Test spin­ner Nathan Lyon had a good bond with in­cum­bent ‘keeper Matthew Wade but ad­mits no one knows his game as in­ti­mately as Nevill.

Lyon said a stint as NSW cap­tain dur­ing the re­cent do­mes­tic one-day com­pe­ti­tion had given Nevill the ideal plat­form to launch his re­worked pres­ence be­hind the stumps, should he get a Test call-up this week.

But Wade and Alex Carey would 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 team­mates 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.”

RYAN Har­ris says Eng­land are there for the tak­ing, with “rusty” opener Alas­tair Cook and a soft bat­ting un­der­belly arm­ing Aus­tralian coach Dar- ren Lehmann with the “ammo” for Ashes ret­ri­bu­tion.

Eng­land rolled the Cricket Aus­tralia XI by 192 runs in their pink-ball warm up in Ade­laide yes­ter­day but not be­fore their bat­ting was ex­posed by Tas­ma­nian all­rounder Si­mon Milenko (5-34) and a col­lec­tion of un­her­alded rook­ies.

Asked if Eng­land were vul­ner­a­ble en­ter­ing the Ashes opener in Bris­bane, CA XI coach Har­ris said: “I think it is, es­pe­cially if Stokes isn’t at No.6 or No.7, but it de­pends on how the boys bowl to them.”

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