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Alex Carey profile: Career stats, Test, ODI, T20I appearances, Ashes record

Wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey first broke into the Australia set-up in white-ball cricket back in early 2018, before forcing his way into the Test team during the home Ashes series of 2021/22.

A reliable keeper, Carey’s left-handed batting has also been a valuable asset, although somewhat surprisingly he still only has one Test century to his name from 32 matches.

He also has a single ODI ton on his record, while his impact with he willow in T20Is has been very limited.

Career record

Matches

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

Catches

Stumpings

Test

32

47

5

1,339

111

31.88

121

12

ODI

72

66

11

1.814

106

32.98

82

8

T20I

38

25

5

233

37*

11.09

19

9

Ashes record

Matches

Innings

NO

Runs

HS

Average

 

Catches

Stumpings

10

18

0

383

66

21.27

 

44

5

Carey makes Test start in Ashes

Having been in the Baggy Greens set-up for well over three years, Carey finally got a Test call for the home Ashes series which started in late 2021 and he registered a half-century in just his third innings.

A tour to Pakistan followed and the left-hander showed his quality by making 93 in Karachi and backed that up by 67 in Lahore, while his first and, to date, only Test century came in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG late on in 2022.

Carey made 111 as Australia overpowered South Africa to win by an innings and 182 runs, but that did not prove to be a major breakthrough knock, as he passed 50 just four times between then and his most recent Test innings.

Having seen concerns raised about his lack of output with the bat, Carey responded in superb style with a matchwinning 98 not out against New Zealand in Christchurch in early March 2024.

Carey came to the crease with the Aussies in deep trouble at 5-80 and, with fine support from Mitchell Marsh and captain Pat Cummins, he led the tourists home to a three-wicket victory as they reached 7-281 to wrap up a 2-0 series victory.

His Ashes record is not as good as his overall Test record, with Carey averaging just 21.27 against England, having made just two half-centuries from 18 innings.

With the gloves, the high point for Carey also came in his most recent outing, in Christchurch, as he snaffled 10 catches in the match, one less than the overall Test record held jointly by Jack Russell, AB de Villiers and Rishabh Pant.

ODI opportunity came first

Carey made his international debut for Australia in a one-day international against England at the Gabba in January 2018 and he showed consistency without making a major score as he reached double figures in 11 of his first 13 ODI knocks.

He enjoyed a fine World Cup in 2019 in England, as he made 375 runs at an average of 62.50, recording 50s against India and New Zealand and a then career-best 85 against South Africa.

Carey would eventually register a 50-over century against England at Old Trafford, Manchester in September 2020, with that 106 remaining his only ODI ton to date.

He came within one run of doubling his tally in September 2023 as he made 99 from 77 balls faced against the Proteas at Centurion and he remains a key member of the Baggy Greens ODI side.

The South Australian was also a member of the squad who triumphed at the 2023 World Cup in India, but featured just once as Josh Inglis was preferred in the wicketkeeper-batter role.

T20I role looks to be over

Carey has played in 38 T20 internationals for the Baggy Greens, but has made little impact and has not featured in the shortest international format since August 2021.

His best score across 26 innings is 37 not out made against Pakistan in Harare in July 2018 and he appears to be totally out of the picture for selection for future T20I action.

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