Cricket Australia has named Alex Carey as the wicketkeeper for the first Test against England at The Gabba on December 8.
The selection panel-led by George Bailey has released the names of 15 players for the first Ashes Test match vs England.
The 30-year-old Carey was preferred over the younger Josh Inglis and barring any late hiccup will receive his Baggy Green at the Gabba on December 8, becoming the 461st player to represent Australia in men’s Test cricket.
George Bailey, chairman of Australia’s National Selection Panel 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.”
“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a huge series ahead,” Carey said in a release. “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,” said Carey.
Carey had captained the national team in July this year and long been considered the understudy to Paine.