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Australia vice-captain Carey acknowledges Babar's classy innings
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Australia vice-captain Carey acknowledges Babar's classy innings

From a footballer to a stout-hearted cricketer, Australia's wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey took note of Babar Azam's blitz in the soggy series opener and was all praise for his counterpart.  

"Hopefully, we can get him out early, but then, he's shown that he's No.1 in the world in this format for a reason, and again today, he was really classy for them," remarked Carey.  

Carey possesses the coveted trait of staying calm and composed in pressure situations which makes him an integral member of Australia line-up. 

The vice-captain is content with the pace arsenal - the bugbear for subcontinent sides - that has leaked less than 7.5 runs in the last four games, making it a stern test for the opposition to negotiate with the thunderbolts hurled by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

"It's nice to have Mitchell Starc running in with the new ball and then at the death with the spinners through the middle," Carey added.

Kane Richardson has got numerous tricks up his sleeve to trouble the batsmen. He has been in and out of the team but the vivacious character has remained sanguine throughout his career. He thrives in the shorter format and Justin Langer - Australia's head coach - has also been a fan of his work ethic and relaxed approach.

"Kane Richardson has been fantastic with the new ball and at the death again.

"And Pat Cummins, wherever you need him. It's a really well-balanced squad at the moment.

Carey reveals effective planning and well-defined roles for each member is the template for their success. A clear strategy from the hosts was evident right from the start of the summer season.

"It's nice to have a very role-specific side together. Players are feeling really confident in their roles and executing their roles."

The vice-captain showed the virtue of courage and bravery during the crunch situation in the semi-final of the World Cup 2019 by taking on Jofra Archer's short-ball barrage and, in the process, received a nasty hit on his helmet. 

He was promoted to vice-captaincy later and has steadily grown in his stature since the marquee tournament.

"And with the bat as well, the two at the top, smudge (Steve Smith) and then a couple of finishers. It's a nice group we've got together," he said about the heavy top order.  

'We've got our best five bowlers in the side' - Finch

As part of the new blueprint for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Australia's thinktank banks heavily on the spin department and they have bolstered it by including the leggie Adam Zampa and the off-spinner Ashton Agar in their ranks. 

Aaron Finch reaffirmed his faith in the spinners and believes he has got the best five bowlers in the team who can deliver the goods at any stage.

"I think it's important to have them as options especially when you have a left-arm and a leg-spinner," captain Aaron Finch stated.

"The two spinners, all the stats suggest that runs per over off-spinners are lower in this country than quicks. 

"I think that's based off ground size, how true the wickets are, too. It's not a non-negotiable, but structuring up for these two series, we've felt that it was our best five bowlers going forward," Finch explained.