Ashes: Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as Australia announce squad for first 2 tests against England

Ashes 2021-22: Australia have named 30-year-old Alex Carey as their goalkeeper for the first two games of the long-awaited series against England. He replaces Tim Paine, who has taken an indefinite break after resigning as captain.

Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as Australian goalkeeper for the first 2 Ashes tests (Photo AFP)


  • Alex Carey, 30, is ready to make his Test debut in Brisbane
  • Pat Cummins will lead the team of 15 people from Australia for the first 2 tests
  • The Ashes starts on December 8 in Brisbane

Alex Carey will keep the wickets for Australia in the absence of Tim Paine, while the hosts have announced their team for the first two tests of the long-awaited Ashes series, starting with December 8th. Pat Cummins, as announced, will lead the team, while Steve Smith will be his deputy.

Alex Carey, who made his international debut in 2018, comes after Tim Paine took a mental health break after his resignation as captain due to the sexting scandal. Carey, 30, will make his debut for Gabba in Brisbane after playing 45 ODIs and 38 T20s for Australia.

Australia have Marcus Harris with David Warner for the opening spot, while their main rapids, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, return with Cummins. While Nathan Lyon is the leader, Australia also included Mitchell Swepson in the 15-man team.


“Alex was a regular member of the national white ball cricket team, especially in the one-day match,” coach George Bailey said in a statement on Thursday.

“He is an excellent cricketer and a good individual who will bring many strengths to the team. He will be a well-deserved holder of the 461 green screed. ”

Carey was favored by unlimited goalkeeper Josh Inglis, who returned to his home state of Western Australia this week and is set to play for Australia “A” against the England Lions.

“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It is an interesting preparation for what follows a huge series. I am focusing on my training and my role in helping Australia secure Ashes,” said Carey.

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