Former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Ian Healy remarked the upcoming Magellan Ashes 2017-18, would witness best in business at the number six while adding which won’t be an easy job in a nutshell.
“Whoever’s in the best form will play number six,” Healy told SEN Breakfast.
The 53-year-old Healy revealed the hosts are struggling at the top and feel it should not affect the procedure for the selection of wicket-keeper in the Australian fold, as the first Test of the traditional series will be kick-off at Gabba in Brisbane from November 23.
The Brisbane-born Healy reiterated the commotion in the battling line-up is further asking a lot from glovemen which according to him shouldn’t be a case.
“The disruptions to the top order is putting a whole lot of pressure on the wicket-keeping selection, and it shouldn’t,” Healy maintained.
Playing a significant role behind the stumps for Australia, Healy believes a player averaging 30 is enough to represent Australia while reflecting on the concurrent side-led by Steven Smith.
“The wicketkeeper needs to be that ‘keeper that can average 30, they don’t need to average 45 like Gilly,” Healy remarked.
While talking about the 32-year-old Peter Nevill gloveman, Healy has praised the New South Wales-based cricketer for owing to the better technique.
“I think Peter Nevill has a greater grasp on the technical aspects of wicketkeeping. For some reason, he got dropped a year ago and now,” Healy asserted.
Earlier, the High-Performance Manager for Cricket Australia Pat Howard already revealed the batting would be the key and selectors would prefer to induct a batting all-rounder in the side.
Pertinently, Healy stated the incumbent Matthew Wade had shown improvement while donning gloves, but he is yet to leave an impact with the bat.
“Matthew Wade is on the improve having had a better Test in Bangladesh, but he’s still not batting the way he can,” Healy remarked.
The top contenders for the number six race include Glenn Maxwell followed by Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright.
Healy hinted the selectors might look forward to picking Nevill during the home series against England.
“I sense that they might be going back to Nevill,” Healy stated.
So much so, Healy stated he felt terrible to see Wade being dropped for a game recently against India after failing to perform with the bat in the limited-overs series.
“I think they sort of disrespected Wadey a little bit in India, dropping him for one one-day game and then bringing him back,” Healy said.
Interestingly, both cricketers would feature in the impending JLT Sheffield Shield competition which will be beginning from October 26 at Gabba.
Healy, who made his Test debut in 1988 against Pakistan at Karachi, represented Australia in 119 Tests and 168 One-day Internationals.