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The Ashes: Alex Carey makes the cut, set to make Test debut as Tim Paine’s replacement for the Ashes

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The Ashes: Alex Carey Test debut as Tim Paine’s replacement for the Ashes – As per Australian media reports, Alex Carey is all set to be handed his debut at the Gabba when Pat Cummins and CO. take on arch-rivals England in the first Ashes Test. Carey will replace Tim Paine behind the stumps after the former Australian captain resigned and later opted out after the revelation of his sexting scandal. Follow Insidesport.in for all Ashes 2021-22 LIVE updates. 

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The Ashes: Alex Carey makes the cut, set to make Test debut as Tim Paine’s replacement for the Ashes

George Bailey, NSP Chair, in an official release 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 to the team. He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”

Alex Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. 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,” he added.

Alex Carey has won the battle to replace Tim Paine behind the stumps for the first Ashes Test as per reports in Australian media. Carey and Inglis were vying for the wicketkeeper’s slot for the Ashes, with both making their cases to make the squad, but the former eventually has almost made the side. Reports suggest that a dejected-looking Inglis was seen leaving Brisbane, all but confirming his exclusion for the side.

The 30-year-old Carey has spent almost four years with the Australian white-ball team but will make his Test debut. He has also led the team and Australia A sides, and a last-start century for South Australia in the Marsh Cup definitely made his case firm. Carey will slot in at No.7 replacing Tim Paine, while one of Usman Khawaja or Travis Head will feature at No.5.

The Ashes: Alex Carey all set to be roped in as Tim Paine replacement, Josh Inglis misses out – Report

Inglis dominated the Shield last season with 585 runs at an average of 73 and backed it up with impressive efforts in England’s T20 league and The Hundred. The 26-year-old was called up to the T20 World Cup but never got a game, denying him some crucial game time, which eventually helped Carey seal the spot.

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On Sunday, cricket legend Mark Taylor endorsed Carey as the man to replace Paine in the team. “I think it’s got to be Alex Carey. Inglis being in the T20 side recently has put a bit of pressure on but Alex Carey’s been around for a while and been a past vice-captain of the Australian one-day side. I’ve got him in there just for the experience,” Taylor told Nine’s Sports Sunday.

 

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