Advertisement

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN TESTS

I deserved to be dropped: Nevill

02 December 2016

Dumped wicketkeeper insists he will not change ways and be more outspoken behind stumps with focus on scoring more runs to win back Test spot

NSW Blues gloveman Peter Nevill says his form with the bat warranted him to be dropped from Australia's Test team, but he won't change his attitude behind the stumps.

Nevill was one of six casualties dropped from the Test squad after Australia were hammered in Hobart to surrender the Commonwealth Bank Test Series to South Africa with one match to play.

"It's pretty simple – I got dropped because I wasn't making enough runs," Nevill told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

"I don't really think there's much more to it than that.

"I certainly can't say I deserve to be in the Australian team because my performances haven't been good enough to stay in the Australian team and that's pretty evident.

"It's important for me now to go back and make a lot of runs for NSW."

Nevill goes big in first match after axing

Nevill's last 10 innings in Test cricket produced 143 runs at 15.89 with a best of 60 not out in the first Test of the summer in Perth while also posting six single-figure scores.

In his first hit-out after his omission, Nevill compiled 179 not out in the Sheffield Shield for NSW against Tasmania at the venue of his last Test match, Blundstone Arena.

Bupa Support Team Head Coach Darren Lehmann described Nevill's knock for NSW as "fantastic"

"That's what the selectors ask for," Lehmann said.

"They ask for big runs. Peter Nevill delivered 180, a big statement, which is really pleasing for him."

The 31-year-old was dropped in favour of Victoria's Matthew Wade, who had scored two centuries in 12 Tests prior to the third Test against the Proteas last week.

Wade was also seen as a more aggressive and confrontational behind the stumps, possessing an ability to get under the skin of opposition batsmen with plenty of 'banter'.

Wade gets vocal behind the stumps

Nevill is quieter with hands in gloves, and while he won't change his attitude, he says being on a losing team didn't help his cause come selection time.

"I'm not going to make a change in that aspect," Nevill said.

"I'll let my bat do the talking.

"If you're playing well and winning cricket games I don't think things like that really come into it too much."

Healy analyses Australia's missed chance

Nevill wouldn't comment on whether scoring runs has become more important than glovework, but he says ever 'keeper must make runs.

"It is absolutely vital that wicketkeepers score runs," he said.

"Any team these days, the make-up of the team they need their 'keepers scoring runs.

"Certainly that's my focus going forward is to be making as many as I can."

International cricket is more affordable than ever this summer, with adult tickets from $30, kids from $10 and family packages from $65 across every day of international cricket. Price for purchase at match. Transaction fee from $6.95 applies to online and other purchases. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Meg Lanning Steve Smith

About the Writer

 @samuelfez
@samuelfez

Sam Ferris is a Sydney-based journalist for cricket.com.au. He started in 2011 as a Big Bash League correspondent and continues to monitor the domestic scene and national sides closely.

Top Stories

Match-wrap-Warner-outscores-NZ-Aussies-win-30-still


Pakistan can prosper with pace: Riaz


Khawaja has Finch under pressure: Rogers


LIVE: India v England, day three


BBL Fantasy Preview: Perth Scorchers