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Wade’s recovery from injury could see Nevill spared BBL cameo between Tests

Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill may not be needed for a Twenty20 cameo between the Hobart and Boxing Day Tests, with Matthew Wade on track to recover from a broken collarbone in time for Melbourne Renegades’ first match in this season’s Big Bash League.

Wade has been sidelined for almost a month after sustaining the injury while batting in the nets before Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against Western .

Had the injury been slow to heal Wade could have been in doubt for not only the start of the BBL but also for ‘s limited-overs series against India starting in mid-January.

Wade is set to retain the 50-over role based on his impressive performances, especially with the bat, in ‘s one-day series victory against England after the Ashes earlier this year.

The 27-year-old was doing sprint drills on the MCG on Tuesday, during the lunch break of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield match against South .

Cricket is intending to release all Test squad members, except bowlers, for the first round of the BBL, which falls between the Blundstone Arena and MCG Tests against the West Indies. While that policy would cover the Renegades for their December 19 match away to Brisbane, because of Nevill’s availability, a longer stint would have forced the Renegades to sign a replacement player.

The Renegades’ search for replacements may not been needed, based on a positive update on Wade’s recovery status from Victoria and Renegades coach David Saker.

“I think he might be right for the first game, which would be good,” Saker said. “He’s batting in the nets. It’s just jumping in the field and diving on his shoulder that is the issue at the moment.”

While the Renegades could theoretically choose both wicketkeepers, and deploy one without the gloves, the Renegades’ deep batting line-up – they boast Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Cameron White, Callum Ferguson, Tom Cooper and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo – could dissuade them from doing so. If Wade is fit Nevill would likely get an opportunity to return home to Sydney before rejoining ‘s squad ahead of the Boxing Day Test.

It is expected that at the conclusion of the Test series against India that Wade and Nevill will effectively swap, with Nevill going to the Renegades and Wade keeping for the national team in the limited-overs series.

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