South Australia’s Alex Carey has been named as Australia’s new Test wicket-keeper, replacing ex-skipper and gloveman Tim Paine.
Alex Carey has been confirmed as Australia’s wicket-keeper for the first two Ashes Tests of the summer.
As expected, Carey has been called into Australia’s 15-man squad as the replacement for ex-Test skipper Tim Paine.
“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity,” said 30-year-old South Australian Carey, who was preferred to Josh Inglis as the man to replace Paine with the gloves.
“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.”
Chairman of national selectors George Bailey said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game.
“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.”
Australia’s squad: Pat Cummins (NSW) (c), Alex Carey (SA), Cameron Green (WA), Marcus Harris (VIC), Josh Hazlewood (NSW), Travis Head (SA), Usman Khawaja (QLD), Marnus Labuschagne (QLD), Nathan Lyon (NSW), Michael Neser (QLD), Jhye Richardson (WA), Steve Smith (NSW) (vc), Mitchell Starc (NSW), Mitchell Swepson (QLD), David Warner (NSW)
Originally published as Alex Carey is Australia’s new Test wicket-keeper