PETER Nevill will become Australia’s 33rd Test wicketkeeper on Thursday, with Brad Haddin pulling out of the second Ashes Test due to family reasons.
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Haddin was a noticeable absentee from Australia’s training session at Lord’s on Tuesday, staying in the pavilion for the majority of the hit-out.
On Tuesday night, Cricket Australia confirmed Nevill will take the gloves this week and make his Test debut at age 29.
Haddin has withdrawn himself from the second Test, but will remain with Australia’s 17-man Ashes squad in London.
The exact details of Haddin’s departure have not been released.
Nevill is likely to be reasonably nervous, especially given the home of cricket will be the scene of his national debut.
He, and indeed the rest of Australia, will be hoping he can continue the strong run of for he found in the Sheffield Shield season, having won the Steve Waugh medal awarded to the best player in NSW.
He scored 764 first-class runs at an average of 76.40, with the highlight being an unbeaten 235 against Tasmania in Hobart.
Nevill also snared 34 Shield dismissals in the past season, convincing selectors he deserves to be Haddin’s long-term successor and should tour the West Indies and England.