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The clock is ticking for Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Nevill, and he is well aware of it. In order to keep hold of place in the Test squad, Nevill will need to have a big summer with the bat, something that he aims to do in the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa, which gets underway on Thursday in Perth.
Nevill is currently averaging 20.88 after 15 Tests, which is the worst average by an Australian wicketkeeper in nearly three decades. Add that to the fact that the 31-year-old averaged just 8.50 in six innings in Sri Lanka earlier this year and it is clear to see why Nevill is in desperate need of runs this summer.
“I would love a big score this summer, no doubt, but it’s international cricket – you are always under pressure,” Nevill said on Monday. “I will always put pressure on myself to perform. I would love a big score this summer.”
It has been suggested that Nevill should be promoted up to No.6 on the batting order, but the Melbourne native admitted that in order to add to the two half-centuries he has made in the longest format, he has to convert his starts into bigger scores.
“I don’t think I really need to change my approach at all – it’s just about executing it well,” he said. “I know my game well enough now. I know what works for me. It’s just a matter of going out there and doing it.”
Should Nevill fail to live up to expectations this summer, he acknowledged that he will likely lose his place in the side, as was the case for batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns during the tour of Sri Lanka.
“I don’t need him [national selector Rod Marsh] to spell that out for me, I can read the between the lines well enough there,” Nevill said. “It’s pretty simple – if you don’t perform, you are not going to be in the team for very long, especially if you are losing as well. You saw in Sri Lanka, changes were made.”