Alex Carey

Australia|Wicketkeeper Batter
Alex Carey
INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2022
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Full Name

Alex Tyson Carey

Born

August 27, 1991, Loxton, South Australia

Age

31y 38d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

As inaugural captain of the Greater Western Sydney Giants on their road towards inclusion in the Australian Football League, Alex Carey appeared to be a talent lost to cricket. But the fade of his Australian football career around his 20th birthday left him to fall back on the other sport that had competed for his junior attention, starting a road to becoming Australia's wicketkeeper across formats and also a vice-captain of the ODI side.

Carey had always been highly regarded by South Australia, for whom he turned out at age-group levels in addition to his club side Glenelg. On returning home from Sydney, Carey excelled in grade ranks as a batsman, but found the going harder when first chosen for the Redbacks in early 2013. These struggles led the adaptable Carey to make another switch, from full-time batter to a wicketkeeper-batter down the order, and it was in this form that he was able to progress. Amid a strong club and 2nd XI season in 2015-16, he displaced Tim Ludeman as South Australia's gloveman, and earned strong reviews for his precise footwork, soft hands and promising, elegant batting.

He took 57 Sheffield Shield catches and two stumpings in 2016-17 and was in the selectors' thoughts entering the 2017-18 Ashes, only to be nipped out of a baggy green by the return of the older, wiser Tim Paine. He quickly replaced Paine in the ODI team and remarkably became vice-captain of both limited-overs teams in the aftermath of Australian cricket's cultural review, cementing his place for the 2019 ODI World Cup. Two years later, he captained the ODI side in a series against West Indies.

Carey's elevation to the Test team also came in rather chaotic circumstances after Paine resigned as captain shortly before the 2021-22 Ashes then stepped away from the game. However, although it was a hasty leap into the role, it felt like the natural order.
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test101514519332.2184253.5603422330
ODI595410159610636.27181587.931714813668
T20I3826523337*11.09215108.3700197199
FC56969294314333.82504158.38516335211984
List A10499133117128*36.24356787.383183292911111
T201038910222910128.211749127.44211211627613
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test10------------
ODI59------------
T20I38------------
FC56------------
List A104------------
T20103------------
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The Australia squad with their spoils
The stumps are splattered by Alex Carey, as a dive back can't save Tom Latham
Alex Carey plays reverse sweeps even against pace
Alex Carey flicks one away
Tim Southee was beaten by Adam Zampa's googly
Alex Carey was out to a close stumping call, by Tom Latham