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Carey replaces Paine

Carey replaces Paine

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Alex Carey was Thursday confirmed as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first two Ashes Tests against England after scandal-hit former skipper Tim Paine stepped down, reports AFP. The 30-year-old has played limited-overs cricket for Australia and stood in as the one-day skipper in the West Indies this year, but is yet to feature in a Test match. That will change in Brisbane next week after he was added to the 15-man squad. “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game,” said chief selector George Bailey. “He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths into the team.” Carey and fellow gloveman Josh Inglis were widely seen as in a showdown for the role, but the writing was on the wall after Inglis returned home to Perth this week. “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a huge series ahead,” said Carey.