Alex Carey reveals support from Adam Gilchrist, Brad Haddin ahead of WTC Final 2023
WTC Final 2023: Ahead of the all-important World Test Championship Final clash against India at the Oval on June 7, Australian wicket-keeper Alex…
WTC Final 2023: Ahead of the all-important World Test Championship Final clash against India at the Oval on June 7, Australian wicket-keeper Alex Carey has revealed that he maintains a close relationship with former wicketkeeping greats such as Adam Gilchrist, Brad Haddin, and his former captain Tim Paine and turns to them for advice to improve as a test player.
“The beauty of representing Australia as a wicket-keeper is it’s a pretty small club,” Carey said, according to a ICC release.
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“Adam Gilchrist presented my Baggy Green and is a guy I obviously looked up to when I was a youngster. Brad Haddin was part of the one-day World Cup, I have done some work with Ian Healy, Graham Manou is a South Australian boy and Tim Paine recently as well – and Matty Wade is another. It is really nice to be able to bounce ideas off those guys, even just some thoughts and questions to get a second opinion. They are really open to offering advice and support and like I said it is a pretty small club so it is always nice to hear from those guys.”
Carey will be aiming to further strengthen his credentials when Australia play six Tests in quick succession over the next two months, with his first chance to add to his one Test century coming in the World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval from June 7.
Australia will enter the one-off Test without playing a competitive warm-up match and the decision raised some eyebrows back home with former skipper Allan Border among a group to have queried the move ahead of an extremely crucial stretch of Test cricket.
“We will be ready,” says Carey, despite not playing warm-up matches
But Carey has defended the move and urged the naysayers to hold fire until the completion of the tour.
“The guys have all gone away and had individual programs over this (recent) period. We have had guys playing cricket here in England. The guys at the IPL and some guys at home spending some time there,” Carey noted.
“Coming together now we really feel the excitement heading into the Test Championship and I think it will be a hindsight thing about whether or not we should have played a warm-up match. As a player I feel like we will be ready come that first match so I think it will be one of the things talked about after the Test match.”
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