Alex Carey comes into Australia’s 15-man Ashes squad, replacing Tim Paine, confirmed to keep at the Gabba

Alex Carey will replace Tim Paine as Australian wicketkeeper for the first two games of the Ashes series, after the South Australian was added to Australia’s 15-man squad.

The Redbacks’ Carey was in competition with Western Australian Josh Inglis to replace the former Australian skipper, but Cricket Australia today announced Carey’s inclusion in the squad, a week out from the first Test at the Gabba.

Carey capped his bid for a spot in the team with a century for South Australia against Queensland in the domestic One-Day Cup competition.

“Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white-ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game,” the chair of the national selection panel, George Bailey, said in a statement.

“He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths into the team.”

Carey, 30, made his one-day international debut for Australia against England in Brisbane in January 2018, and began his T20 international career against New Zealand in Sydney a month later.

He averages 34.73 in Sheffield Shield cricket for the Redbacks, with five centuries and 13 50s.

More to come.

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