Alex Carey commits long-term to Adelaide Strikers
World-class wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey will remain with the Adelaide Strikers for the next four years, completing the squad for KFC BBL|10.
Carey pens the contract as Australia’s first-choice limited-overs gloveman, with his maiden ODI century securing the national side a 2-1 series victory over England in September.
The 29-year-old first joined the Strikers in 2017 ahead of BBL|06, and already sits third on the runscorer tally with 1163 runs from his 35 matches played, including one century and six half-centuries.
A member of the Strikers’ maiden Championship team in BBL|07, Carey’s one BBL 100 to date came against the Hobart Hurricanes that season, needing just 56 balls to complete the milestone at Adelaide Oval.
The classy gloveman is also top of the pile for Strikers dismissals, with 37, featuring 33 catches and four stumpings.
Paired with his wicketkeeping, Carey’s elite 360 batting game keeps the Strikers’ vice-captain an essential part of the group.
Carey is overjoyed to commit his future to his hometown club.
“I’m very happy to be staying at the Strikers for the next four years being my home team and it is an unbelievable feeling playing at Adelaide Oval in front of the fans, family and friends, and I really hope that can continue this season.
“The Big Bash is a competition I have loved playing in each year since I first signed, and I can’t wait for it all to get started.”
Carey will first take the gloves in Australia’s ODI and T20I series against India beginning 27 November, and it is expected he will link up with the Strikers through December.
Head Coach Jason Gillespie heralded the signing.
“Alex is a key part of the group, a player and leader of the highest standard, and for him to be at the Strikers for the next four years is a massive result for this franchise, the city and our fans,” he said.
“We feel we have assembled a squad that covers every facet of the T20 game, and we’ll be ready to hit the ground running for a huge tenth season of the Big Bash.”
Adelaide Strikers’ BBL|10 squad: Danny Briggs (OS), Phil Salt (OS), Rashid Khan (OS), Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Spencer Johnson, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O’Connor, Matt Renshaw, Liam Scott, Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Daniel Worrall.