The Ashes: Carey replaces Paine in Aussie squad

02 December 2021 10:00:42 CET
Paine replaced by Carey

Australia have confirmed Alex Carey will replace Tim Paine in their Ashes squad and take the wicketkeeping gloves for the first Test at the Gabba.

Australia are priced at 1/200 to win the Ashes series against England and Carey will now have the chance to make the position behind the stumps his own.

Carey gets the nod

Following the decision by Paine to stand down as captain and then withdraw from the side altogether, Carey has been in the box seat to replace him.

Josh Inglis was a contender and will still be hoping to keep the pressure on Carey, but the selectors at Cricket Australia have decided to go with experience.

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30-year-old Carey has been a regular in the white-ball squads and has also captained Australia A.

"Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game," chairman of selectors George Bailey said.

"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."

Carey humbled

Carey has been waiting for the day to get his opportunity in the Test side and is now ready to grab the chance with both hands.

"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."

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