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Alex Carey to make Test debut after replacing Tim Paine in Australia’s Ashes squad

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Australia have confirmed that wicketkeeper Alex Carey will make his Test debut in the Ashes opener in Brisbane on Wednesday, replacing Tim Paine, who resigned as captain recently.

Carey, 30, has been officially added to Australia’s squad, beating Yorkshireman Josh Inglis – who is also uncapped – to the No7 spot. Both men were in the Australia A squad training with the team in Queensland.

Carey is an experienced campaigner who has played international white-ball cricket since early 2018, performing well at the 2019 World Cup, and scoring a maiden century against England last year. He is a very tidy keeper who averages almost 35 with the bat at first-class level.

“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity,” he said. “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.”

George Bailey, who heads up Australian selection, was full of praise for Carey: “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.”

Veteran Paine is a surprise absentee from the series. Last month he tearfully stood down as Australia’s captain over illicit messages and lewd pictures he had sent a Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Since, he has taken an indefinite break from the game to be with his family.

Carey’s selection leaves Australia with just two decisions to make over the make-up of their XI at the Gabba. Usman Khawaja and Travis Head are competing to bat at No5, while the third seamer – alongside new captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – is between the experience of Mitchell Starc and the form of Jhye Richardson.

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