ONE AND DONE?
PETER Nevill claims he is resigned to an understanding that Brad Haddin will simply resume his place as Australia’s No. 1 wicketkeeper for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston starting tomorrow week.
That is despite coach Darren Lehmann claiming selectors have a tough decision to make after Nevill’s Test debut at Lord’s in London, which came in the wake of Haddin’s withdrawal because of personal reasons.
You will not find Nevill sulking in a corner if he is tapped on the shoulder over the coming days. The 29year- old will continue biding his time behind the mentor who he has been close to since moving to Sydney from Melbourne in 2008.
If you want to know what type of character Haddin and his wife have shown through what has been a trying period, just ask Nevill.
“Even this week where you completely understand if his mind was elsewhere, he and Karina sent a bottle of champagne to my room just to say congratulations on making your Test debut,” Nevill said. “He’s just a genuinely loving person.”
Starting on Friday in Derbyshire, Haddin and Nevill – firm friends – will relive past experiences at NSW and Eastern Suburbs and play in the same Australian side.
Will they keep one innings each, or wear one glove each? Nevill does not know. He peeled off 45 with the bat at Lord’s and then, from the second ball of the England innings, the first dismissal of his Test career landed in his gloves – a Test record for fastest on debut.
GOT HIM: New keeper Peter Nevill.