Peter Nevill    Getty Images
Peter Nevill Getty Images

There have been speculations about wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb taking over Matthew Wade s position for the second Test. Darren Lehmann had hinted about the same during the post-match conference. Before the series went underway, Adam Gilchrist had already provided the same suggestion. Although Steven Smith backed Wade, former wicketkeeper Ian Healy has warned Australia to make changes soon. He also suggested to bring back Peter Nevill ahead of Ashes 2017-18. The thought of axing Wade surfaced after his failure with the bat and conceded 30 byes behind the stumps. Wade, who returned to Australia s XI last summer, has averaged 21.

Warning the Australians, Healy told Wide World of Sports, That s not going to help anyone. You risk compromising Handscomb s batting, and I don t imagine the bowlers would be filled with confidence knowing there s a part-timer at the other end with the gloves on. Speaking on Wade s performance in first Test, Healy added, I m not looking too much at the 30 byes. It was a really difficult pitch to keep on. I can t ever remember in my career having to deal with that. You always expected plenty of turn in places like India or Pakistan, but the inconsistent bounce is a nightmare for a keeper. It s been tough for Wade this year given the pitches they ve played on in India and now here in Bangladesh.

South Australia s Alex Carley is touted to be the next best wicketkeeper. He was selected in the boycotted Australia A tour to South Africa. However, Healy believes it is better to stick to an experienced gloves-man like Nevill for The Ashes.

I said at the time Peter Nevill was unlucky to get dropped. I consider him the best glove man in the country, and he d just made an unbeaten 60 in Perth, then got dropped a match later. If Wade has a good Test in Chittagong I expect he ll be there at the Gabba. But if he struggles the selectors will definitely be looking around. Ashes are no time to be looking at someone new. If it s not Wade, they have to go back to Nevill, concluded Healy.