Australia captain Steve Smith has said that wicketkeeper Peter Nevill must be more vocal behind the stumps if he wants to win back his place in the national side.
Nevill, who is Smith’s teammate at domestic side New South Wales, was dropped from the Aussies’ Test side last year in favour of Matthew Wade with the latter more outspoken since he returned to the team.
The Australia wicketkeeper post is up for grabs ahead of the Ashes after Wade failed to contribute enough runs in recent times with Nevill in line for a return to the side if he can perform in the Sheffield Shield.
Besides scoring runs, Smith feels it is important that Australia’s gloveman has a presence while in the field.
Smith said: “I’ve spoken to Pete; we had a chat and I said I probably just need a little bit more from you, and I need you to drive the boys and get the boys up and about.
“That’s the pretty important job of a wicketkeeper, to ensure the guys have the energy out in the middle and that we are doing everything we can. I’ve spoken to him about that.
“It’s just a presence sort of thing. For a captain out in the middle, I’ve always got a lot on my mind, I’m doing different things.
“So for a keeper, it’s about ensuring that the energy’s up and if someone needs a little pick-me-up, go and get them, go and touch them and make sure that we’re doing what we need to do.
“Those are important things to do for a wicketkeeper.I don’t think it’s ‘nice’, I don’t think that’s an issue, I don’t have a problem with people being nice.
“It’s just making sure that there’s a presence out in the middle and guys are getting the energy around and ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to be ready to go and taking our half chances.”
The first of five Ashes Test starts at the GABBA on 23 November.