South Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been selected ahead of Josh Inglis for the upcoming Ashes, according to a report on watoday.com.au.
Tim Paine announced an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health following his sexting incident with a Cricket Tasmania staffer, leaving Australia without a designated wicketkeeper in their Ashes squad.
Paine initially decided to step down as Test captain while still confirming his availability for the high-octane series against England, which begins on December 8 in Brisbane. He later reversed his decision and announced the break, leaving the Australian selectors with the additional task of selecting a wicketkeeper.
Carey, who has played 45 ODIs and 38 T20Is for Australia, was always thought to be the frontrunner to replace Paine behind the stumps, but a poor showing in the Sheffield Shield meant Inglis was considered as well. The Australia selection panel, led by George Bailley, has chosen 30-year-old Carey to wear the baggy green.
Meanwhile, Inglis has been dubbed the favourite by a number of senior Australian players, including Shane Warne.. “Inglis gets my vote. He’s got silky smooth hands behind the stumps, he’s a 360 degree player with the bat and coming off three first-class hundreds last season for WA. He’s a great team man who I saw first-hand at the London Spirit this year. He’s 26. Bang, get him in,” Warne recently wrote in his Herald Sun column.
Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy also heaped praises on the young Inglis. “Well, I think Carey, I don’t think he’s done anything wrong not to get that job, and he’s just young enough at 30-years-old. Having said that, my selection would have been Josh Inglis. Carey certainly deserves to have a go, but if George Bailey (CA chairman of selectors) and his selectors say, ‘No, we’re going to go young and build the future’, then it looks like Josh Inglis, who has absolutely jammed the door with his foot,” Healy had said recently.