Australian wicketkeeper appointed as NSW captain

Australian wicketkeeper appointed as NSW captain

he has played 17 Tests and 9 T20Is for his nation.

Peter Nevill of Australia
Peter Nevill of Australia  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australian wicketkeeper batsman Peter Nevill has been appointed as the skipper of the New South Wales for their first class and One Day tournament this season. Steve Smith, their regular skipper, is currently serving a one year ban from Cricket Australia (CA), then headed by James Sutherland, owing to the ball-tampering scandal and he will serve the ban until the last week of March next year.

NSW didn’t have an auspicious erstwhile season. In the four-day fixtures, the team finished fifth among six teams in the points table with three wins from ten matches. In the One Day Cup, they were erratic as well with three victories from six contests. Meanwhile, Phil Jacques, the NSW coach, sounded optimistic about his performance while terming him as a ‘role model’.

“NSW has been accustomed to success”- Nevill

“Peter has shown for some time that he is a quality leader on and off the field. His experience for Australia and decade of hard cricket at first-class level gives him the foundation to continue building on the successful tradition of NSW. Peter is a great role model for all our players in the way he goes about his work and helps every player to be the best they can be,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Nevill has played 17 Tests and 9 T20Is for his nation but hasn’t quite been able to make a mark in the national team. Apart from shouldering his domestic team, the Victoria-born player will also be keen to churn out some solid performance and stake his claim back into the team. Prior to his stint, Nevill talked about how he plans to make the season a fruitful one for his team.

“NSW has been accustomed to success over the years and we’re very determined to bring that back. A big focus for us moving forward is we’ve got some good senior players around the place and we’re making sure we get knowledge transferred and bring on our younger players and get them up-skilled as quick as we can to be ready to perform well when they get their chance at first-class cricket,” he said.

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