Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

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.

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