‘World-class’ Carey backed to handle Ashes pressure


Australian all-rounder Cameron Green says wicketkeeper Alex Carey will be able to handle the pressure of Test cricket should he be named as Tim Paine’s replacement.

Carey is expected to be picked ahead of Josh Inglis for the wicketkeeping role in the first men’s Ashes Test, which begins at the Gabba next Wednesday.

Paine made himself unavailable for selection in the wake of the sexting scandal that saw him resign as the Australian men’s Test skipper.

Carey has played 83 matches for Australia across the one-day and T20 formats. He stood in as ODI captain during Australia’s series against West Indies earlier this year.

Green said Carey would be up to the task if he was chosen to make his Test debut against England.

“Alex has been around for quite a while now in that international set-up,” he said.

“The experience that he brings … he’s got a really good record in one-day cricket, he’s really held that position down really well.

“Both the guys (Carey and Inglis) they could have gone for are world-class.”

Cameron Green made his Test debut for Australia against India last December.(AP: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Green is preparing for his first Ashes series after making his Test debut against India last summer.

He averages 33.71 with the bat, however, is yet to take a Test wicket.

The 22-year-old said injuries had previously dinted his confidence with the ball, but he was hopeful he could play his role in Australia’s bowling attack against England.

He has taken six wickets for Western Australia so far this Sheffield Shield season.

“Obviously the last few years I hadn’t bowled much and had a few restrictions [because of injury],” he said.

“So I’m sure this year, I’ve played most games bowling and that will hold me in good stead.

“There won’t be as many nerves flying around this year, I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully I can help out.”



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