With the prestigious Ashes series against age old rivals England just about three weeks away, Australia are still undecided on who is their designated keeper or no. 6 batsman/all-rounder. With the selectors still pondering upon the selections, ex-wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist has urged the selectors to pick and stick whomever they decide to pick.
As of now, three players are seen as being in the mix to take the gloves and also provide middle-order batting stability ahead of the first Test against England in Brisbane on November 23. They are Matthew Wade, who has struggled with the bat, his predecessor Peter Nevill, who was axed 12 months ago, and the fast-improving Alex Carey.
‘Gilly’, as he’s so famously knnown all over the world, said, ”Whoever they pick, they just need to give them a good run at it. Say, We’ve got to settle here now. Like they’ve done with (Matthew) Renshaw at the top of the order. He was untried and they threw him in there. He’s had 10 or 11 Tests now.”
Gilchrist defended his points by bringing up examples of fellow wicketkeepers Ian Healy and Rod Marsh as players who repaid the faith of selectors by becoming greats of the game. He said there were arguments for all three players, but he believed South Australian Carey, 26, could be the surprise pick despite his lack of international experience.
Gilly seems high on young Carey: “I’m hearing a big push for Carey from South Australia. He’s slightly younger than the others. I believe he’s a very hard worker and a top team man and a good guy to have around. I’m probably starting to think that it’s more likely that (selectors) might say ‘OK youngster, you’re in’.