Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been appointed skipper of the Australia A side that will take on Pakistan in a three-day tour game ahead of the series. Carey, who is yet to make his debut in the five-day format, will be hoping an excellent performance in the warm-up game to pave his way in the Test side.
Carey shot to prominence for his fine knocks during the World Cup in England and Wales, where he amassed 375 runs at a steep average of 62.50 across ten games. He was rewarded with the vice-captaincy baton for Australia’s ODI and T20I sides.
The left-handed batsman, however, does not have a particularly shining record in first-class cricket with an average of just 32.48 in 33 matches. Australia chief selector Trevor Hohns suggested the three-day game will help them assess Carey’s leadership credentials.
“This fixture represents an opportunity to provide Alex with more leadership experience and he will be supported by two experienced vice-captains in Usman Khawaja and Travis Head,” he said.