Haddin: Nevill is the best gloveman in Oz


Former Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin says current Test gloveman Peter Nevill is the best in the country, and did a very good job in tough conditions during the recent Test series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Nevill didn’t score many runs with the bat, and could be under pressure from limited-overs keeper Matthew Wade, but Haddin feels Nevill is by far the best keeper in Australia and should be persevered with.

Haddin told the CA website of Nevill: “I thought his ‘keeping was excellent through those Tests in Sri Lanka.

“Obviously Australia won’t be happy with the result or the way they played in that series, but I thought his ‘keeping was very good.

“He’ll be disappointed he didn’t get more runs but I still see him as the premier gloveman in Australia.”

While Nevill’s average with the bat is a touch under 21 in Tests, Haddin feels you can’t judge a keeper the way you would a pure batsman, who should average closer to 40.

He added: “Traditionally ‘keepers enjoy having the chance to scrap their way through an innings and get runs when the team needs them.

“They’re not always judged on their hundreds but more so those important partnerships they have with the tail.”

Wade, who has not played a Test since 2013, needs more work on his keeping before he can challenge Nevill, Haddin feels.

He said: “He just has to keep working hard, and challenging himself to be the best ‘keeper he possibly can be.

“There’s no secret remedy. It’s about hard work and committing yourself to improving your technique as much as you can.”