Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has made it evidently clear that he wants current Aussie wicketkeeper Peter Nevill to stay at his designated number 7 slot. Recently, Rod Marsh, Australian selector, had said that considering the solid batting technique of Nevill, it was time to elevate him to number 6. Haddin however, has dismissed such a view and said that he would rather want Nevill to bat at 7.
“I think the keeper should bat at seven,” Haddin recently said. “I actually think it’s a skill to bat at seven and be able to bat with the tail. We’ve invested a lot of time into Mitch Marsh, leave him at six and let him develop and he’ll only get better and better. Nev’s been on fire the whole summer, but I’d leave him at seven.”
“We’ve seen Marsh’s dismissal in the first innings and he was a bit tentative, but in the second innings he went out and played his natural game and looked to score. He’ll develop, he’s one kid that learns a lot quicker than the others, so I’d like to see him stay at six and keep developing,” Haddin added.
Haddin though, was countered by another selector Mark Waugh, on the same issue. “I think Mitch Marsh, if you bat him at seven, he might just free up a little bit, he won’t have that pressure of justifying his spot as a batsman at No. 6 – in the first innings he didn’t know whether to hit it or not. And I think Nevill is good enough to bat at six, his technique is excellent. I don’t think a keeper has to bat at seven, it’s not a rule is it?”