Ricky Ponting has tapped Alex Carey as Australia's wicket-keeper at the World Cup, with the team's batting coach also backing him to be stand-in captain in case Aaron Finch is injured.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks with his conduct and leadership qualities winning over the former skipper, who will be Justin Langer's right-hand man at the tournament starting May 30.
"Alex Carey offers the best package as keeper," Ponting, who played at five World Cups, told cricket.com.au when asked who he sees filling the role.
Chief selector Trevor Hohns recently mentioned Test captain Tim Paine and the in-form Matthew Wade, as well Peter Handscomb, as other possible wicket-keeping options for World Cup.
But Ponting believes Carey deserves the opportunity as he can hit the ball to all parts of the ground and is the ‘right person’ to have in the team.
"He's dangerous at the top of the order or late in the innings because he does score 360 degrees, he's a deceptively hard hitter of the ball and for mine, he’s just the right character, he's the right person that you want to have in your team," he said.
"I actually think he's got really good strong leadership qualities as well.
"If anything happened to Finch through the World Cup or leading into the World Cup, then I think he's really well-equipped to lead the side, even though he's still relatively inexperienced and never captained Australia before."
"I'd like to be at the World Cup first," Carey said when asked about the captaincy, adding: "We've got lots of leaders around this group."