Sport Nevill out early as Ashes hopefuls stall

08:07  05 november  2017
08:07  05 november  2017 Source:   MSN

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Test hopeful Peter Nevill has blown an opportunity to press his Ashes selection as NSW were all out for 270 on a rain-affected second day of their Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia. After Nevill edged a Jhye Richardson (4-47)

Test hopeful Peter Nevill has blown an opportunity to press his Ashes selection as NSW were all out for 270 on a rain-affected second day of their Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia. After Nevill edged a Jhye Richardson (4-47)

Peter Nevill edged a Jhye Richardson outswinger to be caught behind in the second over of the day for 32.© AAP Image/David Moir Peter Nevill edged a Jhye Richardson outswinger to be caught behind in the second over of the day for 32. Test hopeful Peter Nevill has blown an opportunity to press his Ashes selection as NSW were all out for 270 on a rain-affected second day of their Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia.

After Nevill edged a Jhye Richardson (4-47) outswinger to be caught behind in the second over of the day for 32, tailenders Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon fell meekly after a two-hour rain delay to finish the innings.

Nevill's score trumped rival wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's nine in Hobart on Saturday, but fell short of potential bolter Alex Carey's 36 for South Australia this weekend.

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It came as Australia's former skipper Michael Clarke called for Wade to retain his Test spot, and meant Nevill became the third Blues Ashes hopeful to make a start but fail to go on with it in difficult conditions.

Kurtis Patterson looked set on 36 on the opening day, but checked a pull shot from Richardson (2-43) to mid-wicket.

Daniel Hughes suffered a similar fate when he too tried to pull Richardson but skied the ball to square leg, after he had hit five boundaries in his 25.

Opener Nic Maddinson was also out for 16 on Saturday when he played on trying to leave Simon Mackin (3-60).

Steve Smith's 76 headlined the innings as he returned to form, while Mitchell Starc hit 43, Pat Cummins was 27 not out and left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff claimed two wickets.

WA's hopefuls for the No.6 spot, Shaun Marsh and Hilton Cartwright, will have to deal with Australia's expected first-choice bowling line-up of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon when they start their innings.

Who is the people's choice to bat at No.6 in the Ashes? .
You had the option of choosing an all-rounder at six, to take the pressure off the front-line bowlers, or a pure batsman in an effort to pound the England attack into submission. The national selectors will make their call this week, but first we asked you to cast your vote.

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