Nevill, though, isn’t losing sleep about what will happen behind those closed doors. His focus, right now, is to contribute for New South Wales in the best possible manner. “I’ve been very conscious not to speculate as to what might happen,” Nevill stated in Sydney. “I’ve got a very important role to captain the side for NSW now, so that’s got my full focus. I’ve never really sought the selectors out for any discussions anyway.
The 31-year old feels that he is now a better batsman than when he got dropped last year, crediting the inputs of Dominic Thornely – NSW’s batting coach at the time. “He picked out a couple of key points that worked well for me for the back end of the Shield season and fortunately I was able to perform pretty well with the bat,” Nevill said. “I definitely feel I’m a better batsman now than I was back then and I’m always looking to improve.”
Nevill is also looking forward to playing with Mitchell Starc, who will be playing a few games for NSW to get back in top rhythm for the Ashes after returning from injury. “It’s always exciting, you always enjoy it, and you’re always very grateful that you’re not standing there facing him. You’re a long way back and just catching the ball, it’s much nicer than having to face it,” Nevill said.