In a rather absurd T20 strategy adopted by Australia, wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will be batting at number 8 in the upcoming 3 match T20I series against South Africa. Nevill was chosen in the squad as a full-time wicketkeeper, ahead of Mathew Wade, who has been Australia’s go-to man in the shortest format. Nevill was rewarded for his consistent outings in tests and with Australia’s batting department looking quite strong, Nevill will be batting at number 8.
“I’ve been told what my role is going to be and that’s ‘catch the ball’,” Nevill said. “As a wicketkeeper, first and foremost your job is to do the work behind the stumps. I suppose we haven’t seen much of that specialisation to the same degree in T20. I’ve always been a believer that wicketkeeping is the most fundamental skill,” he added.
Nevill also justified the decision by the team management of him batting at number 8 and said, “We’ve got a lot of hitters in our team so while I am trying to find the boundary, I will also trying to get some of those guys on strike,” he said. “I know I have to keep well and make a contribution if needed at the bottom of the order.”
South Africa and Australia begin the three-match series on Friday at Durban.