[caption id="attachment_655311" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-655311" alt="Steven Smith is yet to find the perfect players to fit in the spot of wicketkeepers in the Australian side getty Images (File Photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/steven-smith-1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Steven Smith is yet to find the perfect players to fit in the spot of wicketkeepers in the Australian side getty Images (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ashes" target="_blank">Ashes</a> are almost upon us. Tensions are soaring high in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia" target="_blank">Australian</a> camp as their hunt for the ideal wicketkeeper is still on. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Matthew-Wade" target="_blank">Matthew Wade</a> has not been in great form on either side of the stumps. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Steven-Smith" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a> is yet to find the perfect player to fit in that all-important slot. Peter Nevill and South Australia s Alex Carey are among the probables to don the big gloves in The Ashes. At this stage, as he told <i>cricket.com.au</i> on the eve of the Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide, he still plans to scout more talent in the Shield matches. <a title="Ashes 2017-18: Ian Bell calls Australia 'nervous'" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2017-18-ian-bell-call-australia-nervous-654610"><b>Ashes 2017-18: Ian Bell calls Australia nervous </b></a> <p></p> <p></p><strong>On the act of a wicketkeeper:</strong> Around the world, every team has had that balancing act with trying to get the right balance between wicketkeeping and batting. Wicketkeeping is more important, and it s also what they bring to the team and the energy they provide out in the middle to ensure they re driving the other players around the group. That s a big job of the wicketkeeper. <a title="Joe Burns wants Australia to pick Matt Renshaw for Ashes 2017-18" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/joe-burns-wants-australia-to-pick-matt-renshaw-for-ashes-2017-18-654607"><b>Joe Burns wants Australia to pick Matt Renshaw for Ashes 2017-18</b></a> <p></p> <p></p><strong>On favourites for the Ashes squad: </strong>Everyone has a chance if they re putting performances on the board. We ve said that for a while. We ve taken a bit of a stance at Cricket Australia of picking some younger guys, that was a bit of a directive from the Board and we saw some young guys come in Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and guys like that and do a really good job. There s a bit of pressure on for some spots so we want to see guys play under pressure and play well. We spoke about that in Bangladesh after the two-Test series last September. <p></p> <p></p><strong>On Wade s spot in the side:</strong> Wadey was honest himself and said he needed to score more runs, and he came back and played a couple of good innings in the JLT Cup and he s got another opportunity to put his name up there again in these Shield games.