Sydney - Wicketkeeping great Adam Gilchrist has called on
Australian selectors to pick and stick when they decide who will be behind the
stumps for the upcoming Ashes series.
Three players are seen as being in the mix to take the
gloves - and also provide middle-order batting stability - ahead of the first
Test against England in Brisbane on November 23.
They include the current incumbent Matthew Wade, who has
struggled with the bat, his predecessor Peter Nevill, who was axed 12 months ago,
and the fast-improving Alex Carey.
Whoever gets the nod should be given an extended run, said
Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests, making more than 400 dismissals and scoring
over 5 500 runs.
"Whoever they pick, they just need to give them a good
run at it," he told radio station SEN late on Monday.
"Say 'We've got to settle here now'. Like they've done
with (Matthew) Renshaw at the top of the order.
"He was untried and they threw him in there. He's had
10 or 11 Tests now."
Gilchrist pointed to fellow wicketkeepers Ian Healy and Rod
Marsh as players who repaid the faith of selectors by becoming greats of the
He said there were arguments for all three players, but he
believed South Australian Carey, 26, could be the surprise pick despite his
lack of international experience.
"I'm hearing a big push for Carey from South
Australia," he said.
"He's slightly younger than the others... I believe
he's a very hard worker and a top team man and a good guy to have around.
"I'm probably starting to think that it's more likely
that (selectors) might say 'OK youngster, you're in'."