Alex Carey, who is the wicket-keeper batsman of Australia — on Saturday acknowledged that he is extremely disheartened to lose Australia’s white-ball limited-overs vice-captaincy, but added on the same breath that he understands the decision by Australian team management to go back to a more orthodox traditional leadership set-up with only one vice-captain.
Alex Carey along with pacer Pat Cummins had shared the vice-captaincy title in limited-overs cricket since that leadership structure was executed under the then coach Justin Langer in 2018.
However, last week skipper of Australian limited-overs Aaron Finch informed that the team would be reverting to a more efficient leadership process.
Pat Cummins Preferred To Be Sole Vice-Captain Ahead of Alex Carey
Pat Cummins is well ahead in experience having featured in 30 tests,64 one-dayers and 28 T20Is. Pat Cummins will be the sole deputy, having been preferred ahead of Alex Carey who has featured in 36 ODIs and 28 T20Is only averaging less than 35.
“I’ve had a lot of clarity around the decision. You’re always going to be disappointed with that but I’m also really grateful and thankful for the opportunity I’ve had in that role in the past 24 months,” Carey was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I would love to still have the title next to my name but it’s not going to change anything from my end. I’m still going to rock up with a big smile on my face and try really hard around the group. It’s going back to the old model, which has worked in the past,” Carey added.
The 28-year-old gloveman stressed that he is comfortable with the decision and just wants to resume playing cricket. Alex Carey was in the Australian team since 2018 but after being unsuccessful as a top-order batsman while playing for South Australia in 2013, he moved down the batting order and became a wicket-keeper.
“The decision sits really comfortably with me now. I just want to play cricket for Australia and…if there isn’t a title next to my name that’s fine,” said.
“I don’t see it as a setback, I see it as a really big opportunity just to go out there and perform my skills,” he added.
The 33-year-old Aaron Finch is in the Australian team since 2011 and has appeared in 5 Tests, 126 ODIs and 61 T20Is. He has led Australia in 34 T20Is winning 18 of them and in 35 ODIs winning 19 of them.
Alex Carey Wants To Resume Playing Cricket After Six Months
Alex Carey said with several senior players in the side like David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, the team is not reliant on just the skipper and vice-captain for leadership.
“Pat Cummins is a fantastic leader and Aaron Finch is as well. Through the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell – there’s so many senior figures and heads around the group that we’re not reliant on just one or two people (to lead).”
Australia are scheduled to tour England for a limited-overs series that will include three ODIs in Manchester and as many T20 Internationals at Southampton from September 4-16.
The tour will see Australia resume cricketing action for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hindered cricketing activities across the globe from mid-March.
“I’m really keen to just to play the best cricket I can play. I’m just really excited to go on this trip, it’s been six months (since) we played cricket,” Carey said.
“You never know down the track – I really enjoy captaining the Adelaide Strikers and the Redbacks team in the past, so hopefully there’s more of that when Travis (Head) is playing at Australian level and I’m there (with SA or the Strikers),” Carey added.
Alex Carey represented Adelaide Strikers from 2016/2017 and was named vice-captain on 8th May besides being named in 2019 World Cup squad where he did not disappoint as he was the team’s fourth run-scorer behind only Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and David Warner by scoring 375 runs from 10 matches.