Nevill retains Australia place

Nevill deputised for Haddin in Australia’s series-levelling Lord’s Test victory, which Haddin had to miss for personal reasons.

After taking seven catches on debut and also making a first-innings 45, it was Nevill too who had the gloves in the subsequent tour match at Derby ??? where he batted above the returning Haddin as well.

It was therefore no surprise to hear skipper Michael Clarke explain Australia’s selectors have again chosen the younger man to face England at Edgbaston this week.

He said: “Rod (Marsh) and Boof (Darren Lehmann) came and spoke to me and told me what they were thinking.

“It’s obviously a lot harder for me, because I have that attachment to Hadds ??? I’ve grown up playing cricket with him; we’ve spent a lot of time together, and I love the fact that he’s still here working hard.

“If an opportunity comes he’ll grab it with both hands. On the other hand, Nev made the most of his opportunity in the second Test.

“I thought he batted really well and I thought he kept exceptionally well. So it’s a tough one when you sit in the middle, but that’s the way the selectors have gone ??? and I respect their decision.”