Carey stands-in for skipper Aaron Finch, who has taken charge of the ODI team since 2018, with the dominant opening batsman succumbing to a knee injury sustained in the fifth Twenty20 International in St Lucia.
South Australia’s premier wicket-keeper batsman, Carey also packed plenty of leadership experience in his carry-on for the trip to the Caribbean. In addition to serving as a vice-captain in white ball international cricket for three years, the dashing left-hander has also held the top on-field job for the Redbacks, Adelaide Strikers and Australia A at various times.
With 42 ODI fixtures to his name, Carey has amassed more than 1000 runs at the lofty strike-rate of 91.75 and strong average of 36.36. His highest score of 106 came in September last year when he and Glenn Maxwell guided Australia to a remarkable victory against old rivals England in Manchester.
On the release of the news that he would don the armband in tomorrow’s series opener, Carey was characteristically humble and positive.
“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers. To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive.
“Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards.
“To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity.”
Australian Head Coach Justin Langer said: “For a long period of time Alex has shown an extremely high level of professionalism and discipline as a fantastic leader within this group.
“The injury to Finchy gives Alex an opportunity for his first experience as captain. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players.”
Australia’s first ODI against the West Indies begins at 4.00am ACST, with fans able to tune in via Foxtel and Kayo.
20 July 2021