SHIELD WRAP. There were wickets galore in Hobart, runs galore in Melbourne and somewhere in between in Sydney. But who Australia’s best keeper-batsman is remains a mystery.
IF anything, we know less about Australia’s best wicketkeeper batsman than we did 48 hours ago.
Sunday was a day where the harsh reality truly sunk in: The No. 7 spot is up for grabs yet no gloveman around the country has done enough to warrant an Ashes berth … Yet.
There is still time, but it’s quickly evaporating.
Peter Nevill (32) began the morning session hoping to press his claims for a Test recall, but was quickly removed without adding to his overnight score.
Alex Carey then butchered a regulation stumping chance off Adam Zampa (1-122 off 20) which allowed Marcus Harris — who has two Sheffield Shield final tons and seven all up — to reach three figures. In fairness to Carey, he later snaffled an excellent one-hander diving in front of first slip, but the brutal truth is that keepers are judged more for how many they miss rather than how many they take.
Matthew Wade played two glorious cut shots for Tasmania but was caught at fine leg for 17.