Alex Carey is set to replace Tim Paine as Australia’s wicketkeeper for the first Ashes opener at the Gabba next week in what will be his Test debut, according to Fox Sports.
Paine resigned as captain following a scandal involving illicit text messages and has now taken an indefinite break from cricket to prioritise his mental health.
Pat Cummins was named the 47th Aussie Test captain last week, while Fox Sports has now reported that Carey is set to take the gloves.
It was between him, Josh Inglis, and Jimmy Peirson – none of whom are capped in Test cricket – but it seems the 30-year-old has got the nod.
Carey has 45 ODIs and 38 T20Is under his belt, while he averages 34.73 in First Class cricket but has struggled in the Sheffield Shield this year.
In fact, he has made just 242 runs at an average of 21.85 in the 2021/22 edition of the red ball competition.
That is hardly ideal preparation for any Test series, never mind an Ashes series in which he is set to make his debut.
The rain in Brisbane at the moment may also limit his opportunities to get some match practice before the first Test gets underway next week!