Wade will keep working hard to oust Nevill


Australia ODI wicketkeeper Matthew Wade says he will keep working hard in the nets and in the middle in order to keep up with, and maybe overtake, Test keeper Peter Nevill.

Nevill took over from Brad Haddin during the Ashes, with the veteran gloveman forced to pull out of the second Test due to family commitments. Since then, Nevill has hung onto the gloves, and Wade wants them too.

The Victoria keeper was Haddin's deputy for years, until Nevill pushed ahead of him with superior glovework, but Wade has been in excellent form with the bat this year with Australia A, and added to it with a half ton in the first ODI against England on Thursday.

Wade said: "I've just got to put good performances forward. Nevill is obviously the front-runner at the moment and then I'm hoping I'm behind him.

"(We're) trying to push each other to be the best players we can be so you can only do it by good performances and if I can put enough of them forward than who knows what’s going to happen.

"But at the moment Nev played pretty well during the Ashes so I'd presume he’s probably going to take the gloves in the Bangladesh tour.

"That’s fine, I'll keep working hard and keep putting good performances forward and hopefully we can push each other as hard as we can."

One format where Wade has the edge is ODIs, and he hopes he can keep the spot Haddin has vacated officially. Wade was back-up to Haddin for three years, with a chance here and there, and hopes this England series will cement his spot.

He added: "My last 12 months in one-day cricket I felt like I've played pretty well when I got picked for the South African tour and then the series before that (against England in 2014), where I got picked for a few games.

"I felt like I played well enough in one-day cricket. It was just taking the confidence from that series, even though it was a long time ago, forward.

"I can look back over the last three or four years and try and tinker with things if I wanted to but it's more important for me now to really establish myself as a player in the one-day team again."