The Investec Ashes 2015 July 20, 2015

Haddin to press for Ashes recall

Brad Haddin's availability and Peter Nevill's impressive debut could leave Darren Lehmann and Rodney Marsh in a selection dilemma © Getty Images

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will travel to the Midlands and is expected to play in Australia's tour match against Derbyshire as he seeks to regain his place after standing down from the team for the Lord's Test for family reasons.

As Peter Nevill made himself at home in the XI who dealt out a 405-run hiding to England, Haddin spent parts of the match in hospital with his ill daughter, Mia. Nevill's seven catches - a record for a wicketkeeper on Ashes debut - and 45 nifty runs were significant aids to Australia's cause, but as the senior man, Haddin will be given the chance to press for his place.

None of the vice-captain Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson or Josh Hazlewood will make the journey to Derby, allowed some time off in London after their exertions over the first two Investec Ashes matches. The coach Darren Lehmann said the tour match would be a factor in the deliberations he and the selection chairman Rod Marsh have about whether Nevill should stay or Haddin return.

"Selection's always difficult, so Rodney and I will have to sit down and work out which way we go," Lehmann said. "We have to get Brad back playing cricket before we cross that bridge, if that makes sense. Just trying to work out what happens moving forward and hopefully he'll be available for the Derby game."

Both Nevill and the allrounder Mitchell Marsh made strong contributions to a winning team, Marsh's energetic batting and high impact bowling providing a marked contrast with the performance put on by Shane Watson in the first Test. Lehmann said the selectors were gratified by the way their changes had helped the side, and now looked forward to watching England face some of the harsh critiques directed the tourists' way after their opening defeat in Cardiff.

"It's always tough to have those decisions to make, one forced and one unforced," he said. "For us we were really pleased with both performances from Mitchell and Peter, I thought they did a really good job for us and injected some enthusiasm in the group, played really well and did their job, which was pleasing for us.

"For us it was about doing a lot better job than we did in Cardiff, I was really pleased with the way the players turned that around really quickly in a short space of time. It's a good thing for us to have that short break, they've got a bit more time to think about it," Lehmann said.

"The media gave us a pretty torrid time in Cardiff and fully deserved, we didn't play well enough, it'll probably be the same for them for a bit. For us it's about getting on with the next game. We will have to play with the same intensity we had in this game, if we back that up then the result will look after itself."

Lehmann offered rich praise for Mitchell Johnson, who terrorised England on an unhelpful surface, and also gave a broad tick to the whole bowling attack. After two Tests they have picked up the full tally of 40 English wickets - take 100 over the five Tests and there will be little doubt as to the destiny of the Ashes.

"He was brilliant today, bowled fast, I thought he bowled alright in Cardiff and bowled better in the second innings," Lehmann said of Johnson. "He didn't get the rewards he would have liked but he's a great athlete to watch, we enjoy watching him when he's on song. He's had some difficult times in England in the past but he's a different Mitchell Johnson you see playing for Australia now.

"Our whole bowling group was fantastic, even Mitch Marsh and I thought Nathan Lyon bowled beautifully as well today and first innings. The whole bowling unit got us 20 wickets again, and we've done that for the last four Test matches, they keep finding a way, and that's really important when you're trying to win Test matches all the time."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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