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Peter Nevill's bat in the face sums up a nightmare three months for former Test wicketkeeper

ABC News logo ABC News 17/01/2017

Peter Nevill of the Melbourne Renegades walks from the field after being struck in the head by the bat of Brad Hodge of the Adelaide Strikers. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Peter Nevill of the Melbourne Renegades walks from the field after being struck in the head by the bat of Brad Hodge of the Adelaide Strikers. As far as cricketers are concerned, Peter Nevill has seen a nightmare summer come and go.

He has been bashed and bruised while the runs dried up and watched on as the selectors went cold on his Test prospects.

Look back on a bad few months for Australia's former Test wicketkeeper.

Where are the runs?

Between Nevill and Matthew Wade, it is the former who is widely regarded to have the superior technique with the gloves.

While detractors bemoan some of Wade's mistakes behind the stumps, the elephant in the room remains Nevill's run record: there is not much to crow about.

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Averaging 22.28 with the bat in 23 innings, Nevill struggled in Sri Lanka, making just 51 runs across six innings at a piddling average of 8.5.

Yes, the rest of the team failed abjectly in Sri Lanka, but given the chance to right the wrongs on home soil, Nevill could not quite capitalise against South Africa.

The Perth Test started promisingly enough with a 23 and unbeaten 60 at the WACA, but Nevill plummeted back down to earth in the doomed Hobart Test with scores of 3 and 6.

Selectors lose faith and stick with Wade

The calls for change and renewal in the Test team were raucous and urgent, but when the axe fell on Nevill's place in the team in favour of Wade, those cries gave way to jeers.

Seen as the inferior keeper, but with two Test tons to his name, Wade was barely involved in the Adelaide Test win over the Proteas before making a string of single-digit scores against Pakistan.

Nevertheless, there was only one spot for a keeper on the tour to India and it has Wade's name on it; an ODI century against Pakistan probably helping the Victorian's cause.

It could spell a long period in the domestic cricket wilderness for Nevill.

Big Bash leaves Nevill in a world of pain

The domestic Twenty20 scene has proved to be no source of respite for the embattled keeper.

Against the Sydney Sixers, Nevill was attempting to receive a ball thrown from the outfield, only to see it skip off the ground just before the stumps.

The ball thudded into his forehead, knocking the keeper off his feet.

He was eventually taken off for a concussion test, before returning to the field to resume keeping duties.

Just a week later, the rough treatment resumed for Nevill.

Against the Adelaide Strikers, Nevill never saw the bat coming as Strikers batsman Brad Hodge's willow slipped from the gloves and clattered into the Renegades keeper's face.

Luckily it was the handle that collected him and not the timber, but it was enough to burst a blood vessel in his cheek which could bring his Big Bash season to a premature end.

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