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“It’s a juggling act”: Nevill on the role of the keeper/batsman

26 September 2017

Sydney Sixers recruit, Peter Nevill, believes modern day glovemen must be able to contribute with the bat as well as behind the stumps, as the role of the wicket-keeper/batsman continues to evolve.

 “I think the whole elements of keeping and batting for a wicket-keeper has changed a little bit, especially with Adam Gilchrist,” Nevill said.

Over his career, Gilchrist scored 51 centuries over different formats of the game leading Nevill to believe his impact altered the way things are looked at in both domestic and international cricket.

“Wicket-keeping as a skill is vitally important in any cricket match but you’ve also got to have your keeper being able to bat,” Nevill explained

“It’s a bit of a juggling act and as a cricketer, you’re obviously trying to get both skills as good as they can be.”

Nevill has been consistent as a middle-order batsman within the NSW squad since 2009. His solid batting average of 38.40 has made him a crucial part of the team, having scored seven centuries and 20 half-centuries in his 81 First-Class matches.

In the 2016/2017 Sheffield Shield competition, he was the 4th highest run-scorer in the NSW team with 625 runs in nine matches.

When asked if he would be prepared to go if he got the call for the Australian team, Nevill simply said ‘yes’ although it’s out of the control of the players.

“The selectors obviously make the call on those types of things and all you can do is make sure you’re ready to go if that opportunity does present itself.”

Nevill was the special guest in our fifth instalment of the SixersFM podcast with Swoop editor, Fiona Bollen.  You can listen to the full podcast here.