Why both fans and coaches are impressed with Alex Carey
Due to Aaron Finch’s spell on the sidelines, someone had to step up for Australia. Alex Carey was the key to victory for the Aussie side over West Indies. The national team’s head coach Justin Langer talked about why he was impressed with Carey.
Carey made 22 runs in three innings against the West Indies after being called to the middle order. He is primed for the captain role but there are rumblings that Matthew Wade can become the captain. However, if coach Langer makes the final decision, it looks like Carey will be his top choice after his praise.
Langer said, ‘I thought Alex's captaincy was outstanding. He's so calm and you can see it in his face when he bats. We've seen it through his career, but we saw it in that hundred he scored with Glenn Maxwell in England last year, to win when we were really under pressure, and even the way that he batted last night he just seemed so calm under pressure’.
Carey can get his chance in the T20I middle-order against Bangladesh. The team’s resources will be stretched due to Finch’s absence. Ben McDermott is in a similar position due to him injuring his ankle when he dived into a board. Along with Carey, Mitchell Marsh was also a top performer in the series which gives him an easy call up to the team’s next stretch.
Langer talked about the positives he took away from the series. He said, ‘I also liked the fact that he, Matthew Wade, and Alex Carey, the left handers in the middle…we thought moving into the World Cup we might be a bit short on left-hand batsman. But the way those guys have stood up is a huge bonus for us moving forward’.
It will be fun to look forward to this Aussie squad because they have talented players but some stars are relatively unknown outside the country. Carey is one of those stars and you can expect him to have a breakout performance during his next game against another side. He will most likely get a captaincy stint due to his stellar run over the past few months for Australia’s national cricket side.
Words: Cholo Martin