Heir apparent Nevill causes keeping headache for selectors
VETERAN wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will be available for the tour game starting on Thursday but it’s possible he may have played his last Test after new blood Peter Nevill grabbed his opportunity with a stellar Ashes debut.
Haddin, 37, was forced to sit out the second Test at Lord’s for personal reasons and Australian coach Darren Lehmann admits if circumstances allow Haddin to play again, selectors face a conundrum over which way to go for the third Test in Birmingham.
The Ashes is likely to be Haddin’s swan song and Nevill is the man of the future whose seven dismissals was a record for a Test debutante.
Loyalty for services rendered to Haddin, over picking the form keeper remains a dilemma for selectors. Lehmann said the enthusiasm injected by Nevill was an important factor in Australia squaring the series.
“Selection is always difficult,” Lehmann said.
“We have to get Brad back playing cricket before we cross that bridge, if that makes sense. Both Haddin and Nevill could play in the four- day match against Derbyshire which starts on Thursday.
Chris Rogers is likely to be rested after his dizzy spell at Lord’s, and David Warner or Nevill may also sit out.