Australia call up Carey for Ashes tour match

2019-08-28 14:35
Alex Carey (Supplied)
Alex Carey (Supplied)

Cape Town - Australia have called up Cricket World Cup wicketkeeper Alex Carey for the three-day tour game against Derbyshire that starts on Thursday to give captain Tim Paine a rest.

Carey has not been officially added to the Australia's Ashes squad and will return to his county side Sussex after the game.

To add to the intrigue, fellow 'keeper Matthew Wade is one of five members of the team that lost at Headingley that will feature in the three-day tour match.

Paine has come in for criticism in the wake of that astonishing defeat in Leeds after wasting a review shortly before Ben Stokes was wrongly given not out when plumb in front against Nathan Lyon, who had bungled an easy match-winning run out chance the ball before.

David Warner, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Lyon and Travis Head will all be rested, with top-order batsman Usman Khawaja set to lead the side in Derby.

Carey will miss Sussex's T20 Blast fixture against Gloucestershire, but will return for their quarter-final.

Australia suffered an injury scare when Nathan Lyon limped out of training having turned his ankle in a touch-football warm-up, but there appears no risk that he could miss the fourth Test at Old Trafford that start on 4 September.

As expected, Steve Smith will continue his rehabilitation in the game at Derby - which starts on Thursday.

Seamer Peter Siddle, who played the first two Tests, will get the chance to stake a claim as will left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, who is still yet to feature in the Ashes series.

Marnus Labuschagne plays, but perhaps primarily as a bowler given the lack of a spinner in the XI and the presence of five other batsmen in the side in greater need of time in the middle.

Australia team to face Derbyshire:

Usman Khawaja (captain), Cameron Bancroft, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade

- TeamTalk Media

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