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Saturday, 13 July 2019

How Carey could change Australia's Test team


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World Cup star Alex Carey is good enough to be a top-six Test batsman and give Australia added flexibility, former captain Mark Taylor says.

Carey, 27, was a breakout star of the tournament in England. He made 375 runs at 62.50 from nine innings, striking at 104.16 as he notched three half-centuries and trailed only David Warner in Australia's batting averages.

Carey now averages 40.20 from 29 ODI appearances and is a fine gloveman, with 34 catches and five stumpings.

His first-class batting record - 1,413 runs at 29.43 with two centuries - doesn't immediately suggest that he's a top-six Test batsman, but Taylor said the left-hander showed genuine class at the World Cup.

"Tim Paine is our Test captain and he will captain the Ashes," Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

"But Alex Carey, he's shown that not only is he a good keeper and a good man, he's actually a good-looking player. He bats very well, apart from getting conked on the jaw [as he was in the semi-final by England paceman Jofra Archer].

"He bats with a very orthodox technique and looks a sound player to me, that actually could bat in the top six. He could be a genuine No.6, so you could play your keeper at six and have an all-rounder at seven, which might work in Australia's favour looking to the future."

Carey's batting may prove invaluable for Australia, given that it has been unable to find an all-rounder who offers genuine value batting at No.6. Mitchell Marsh was dropped again after playing just one Test last summer against India.

The Aussies also had difficulties with their all-rounders during the World Cup. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were both well below par with the bat.

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Australia has been blessed with quality wicketkeeper-batsmen recently, with Adam Gilchrist arguably the greatest of all and Brad Haddin a reliable contributor.

Carey will get the chance to impress in an intra-squad match for Australia, though Paine seems assured of his spot for the Ashes. Yet at 34, Paine is nearing the end of his career.

Paine has been a sturdy Test batsman for Australia, though hasn't offered the threat of making big scores. He has 984 runs from 21 Tests, averaging 35.14, with five half-centuries and a top score of 92.

Paine's first-class average is almost identical to Carey's (29.44) and he has made just one century from 119 matches.

World Cup star Alex Carey is good enough to be a top-six Test batsman and give Australia added flexibility, former captain Mark Taylor says.

Carey, 27, was a breakout star of the tournament in England. He made 375 runs at 62.50 from nine innings, striking at 104.16 as he notched three half-centuries and trailed only David Warner in Australia's batting averages.

Carey now averages 40.20 from 29 ODI appearances and is a fine gloveman, with 34 catches and five stumpings.

His first-class batting record - 1,413 runs at 29.43 with two centuries - doesn't immediately suggest that he's a top-six Test batsman, but Taylor said the left-hander showed genuine class at the World Cup.

"Tim Paine is our Test captain and he will captain the Ashes," Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

"But Alex Carey, he's shown that not only is he a good keeper and a good man, he's actually a good-looking player. He bats very well, apart from getting conked on the jaw [as he was in the semi-final by England paceman Jofra Archer].

"He bats with a very orthodox technique and looks a sound player to me, that actually could bat in the top six. He could be a genuine No.6, so you could play your keeper at six and have an all-rounder at seven, which might work in Australia's favour looking to the future."

Carey's batting may prove invaluable for Australia, given that it has been unable to find an all-rounder who offers genuine value batting at No.6. Mitchell Marsh was dropped again after playing just one Test last summer against India.

The Aussies also had difficulties with their all-rounders during the World Cup. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were both well below par with the bat.

https://twitter.com/MichaelVaughan/status/1149278034991681536

Australia has been blessed with quality wicketkeeper-batsmen recently, with Adam Gilchrist arguably the greatest of all and Brad Haddin a reliable contributor.

Carey will get the chance to impress in an intra-squad match for Australia, though Paine seems assured of his spot for the Ashes. Yet at 34, Paine is nearing the end of his career.

Paine has been a sturdy Test batsman for Australia, though hasn't offered the threat of making big scores. He has 984 runs from 21 Tests, averaging 35.14, with five half-centuries and a top score of 92.

Paine's first-class average is almost identical to Carey's (29.44) and he has made just one century from 119 matches.

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