Nevill not worried about catch call

There were many moments during the second Ashes Test that showed Peter Nevill belongs at the highest level.

A knock of 45 was never going to overshadow colossal centuries from Steve Smith and Chris Rogers, but Nevill looked confident at the crease with few rash strokes and five boundaries.

Seven catches equalled Brian Taber’s Australian record for most dismissals on Test debut.

None of them was exceptional, but Nevill’s keeping was mostly clean.

He dealt well with deliveries from Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc that stayed low, plus those that reared off the pitch.

But perhaps the most impressive pointer came on day three at Lord’s, when Nevill kept calm after being denied a catch.

The 29-year-old claimed a remarkable diving grab to dismiss England counterpart Jos Buttler for nine.

Kumar Dharmasena thought it was out, but wanted third umpire Chris Gaffaney to have a closer look.

Gaffaney overruled Dharmasena’s on-field verdict, claiming there was conclusive evidence it scraped the turf.

In the same session that the sold-out crowd booed the debutant gloveman, Nevill snaffled another edge to dismiss Buttler.

“All that matters is the next ball and refocusing and everyone was able to do that quite well,” Nevill said.

“I don’t think anybody did worry about it for too long. There was nothing specifically said.”

Nevill had no concerns about the process.

“I felt it went straight in and those things just happen in such a short amount of time,” he said.

“Unfortunately, it’s just taken a bit of grass.

“But it was great to be able to get that wicket shortly after.”

Nevill was keen to improve “every aspect” of his game after debuting, but was happy to get through the most-nervous match of his career.

“Michael Clarke asked me if I was nervous (the day before the game started) and I said I wasn’t,” Nevill said.

“Then he goes ‘well don’t worry mate – that’ll come this afternoon’.

“He was right.”

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