Carey’s dominant Sheffield Shield campaign which saw him surpass the record for most dismissals with 59, meant the ‘keeper, also a more than capable batsman, booked his ticket for an Australia A tour headlined by the likes of Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell.

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“Playing for Australia at the highest level is my dream and it is my goal but it’s a process along the way,” the 25-year-old said.

“You have to perform well and I guess I’ve done that last year in the Shield season, so I’ve got to back that up again next year and see what happens.

“I haven’t thought about it as being the next Australian wicketkeeper, I just want to go away to South Africa now and perform well at this new level.”

Carey received a call from National Selector Trevor Hohns who delivered the news that he would be the sole wicketkeeper in sides that include three of his Redbacks teammates.

"It was a nice surprise getting a phone call from Trevor and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to get away and play with the guys at that level and a few of the SA boys as well," he said.

"I don't think there's any extra pressure ('keeping for both one and four-day sides), it's more of an opportunity to show the guys what I've got."