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Alex Carey takes the gloves in opening Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide

Alex Carey takes the gloves in opening Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide
Alex Carey takes the gloves in opening Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide
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The National Selection Panel (NSP) has added South Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey to the 15-player squad for the first two matches of the Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series against England. Carey replaces Tim Paine with the gloves.

Australia:

Pat Cummins (NSW) (c)
Alex Carey (SA)
Cameron Green (WA)
Marcus Harris (VIC)
Josh Hazlewood (NSW)
Travis Head (SA)
Usman Khawaja (QLD)
Marnus Labuschagne (QLD)
Nathan Lyon (NSW)
Michael Neser (QLD)
Jhye Richardson (WA)
Steve Smith (NSW) (vc)
Mitchell Starc (NSW)
Mitchell Swepson (QLD)
David Warner (NSW)

George Bailey, NSP Chair, said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game. He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths into the team. He will be a very deserved holder of baggy green cap number 461.”

Alex Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a huge Series ahead. My focus is on preparing and playing my part in helping Australia secure the Ashes.

“This is also for my dad who has been my coach, mentor and mate, my mum, my wife Eloise, kids Louis and Clementine, my brother and sister and all of those who have supported me. I will be doing my absolute best to make them and our country proud.”