On Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA) announced the 15-member squad for the first two Ashes Test against England, starting December 8 at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Alex Carey will take the gloves for Australia to begin their Ashes campaign, replacing Tim Paine as Test wicketkeeper after the Hobart-born took the indefinite break from all forms of the game following his texting scandal.
“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,” said Carey as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“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.
Speaking about Carey’s selection George Bailey, chairman of the 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.”
Notably, Pat Cummins will be leading the Aussie side in the Ashes, while Steve Smith will be his deputy.
Here is the Australia squad for the first two Tests:
Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.