Heir ap­par­ent Nevill causes keep­ing headache for se­lec­tors

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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