Australia have announced that Alex Carey will make his Test debut in the Ashes opener at the Gabba in Brisbane next Wednesday, deputising for former captain Tim Paine at wicketkeeper.
Carey was officially added to the Australia squad after pipping uncapped Yorkshire-born Josh Inglis to the final spot after both players were training with the Australia A squad in Queensland.
Carey has played international white-ball cricket since 2018, shone at the 2019 World Cup and even scored a maiden century against old foes England last year.
With the bat, the 30-year-old averages approximately 35 runs at first-class level. Following the announcement, Carey couldn't hide his delight.
“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity,” Carey said. “It’s an exciting build-up for what is a huge series ahead. My focus is on preparing and playing my part in helping Australia secure the Ashes.
“This is also for my dad who has been my coach, mentor and mate, my mum, my wife Eloise, kids Louis and Clementine, my brother and sister and all of those who have supported me. I will be doing my absolute best to make them and our country proud.”
Paine tearfully stepped down as Test captain of Australia after details emerged of X-rated messages he sent to a former female co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in 2017. The 36-year-old has since decided to take a break from cricket in order to spend time with his family.
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George Bailey is in charge of Australia’s selection process, and he was pleased that Carey will replace Paine as wicketkeeper for the first Test.
“Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white-ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game,” Bailey stated. “He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths into the team.
“He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”
Now that Carey's selection has been confirmed, Australia have to make a final few decisions. Unman Khawaja and Travis Head are vying it out to battle at No 5, while the third seamer spot will go to either the experienced Mitchell Starc or the in-form Josh Hazlewood.
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