Carey on verge of Test side

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STAR Red­back Alex Carey has moved a step closer to re­al­is­ing his Aus­tralian Test dream, earn­ing his first Aus­tralia A call-up.

Wick­et­keeper-bats­man Carey has been re­warded for his record-break­ing 59 dis­missals in last sea­son’s Sh­effield Shield, which eclipsed the mark of 58 set by Queens­land keep­ers Wade Sec­combe in 2000-01 and Chris Hart­ley in 2011-12.

The 25-year-old is one of eight players in­cluded in Aus­tralia A squads for both the four-day and one-day se­ries in South Africa in July.

Four Red­backs have earned se­lec­tion, with skip­per Travis Head, who will play for Aus­tralia in the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in Eng­land next month, picked in both squads and named one-day cap­tain.

Sh­effield Shield Player of the Year Chadd Say­ers is in the four-day squad while NT prod­uct Kane Richard­son will fea­ture in the one-day se­ries. But the big story is Carey. The 25-year-old has been on an up­ward curve since be­ing lured back to cricket by the Red­backs in 2012 fol­low­ing two years at AFL club Greater Western Syd­ney.

“This will be the high­est level I’ve played at so I’m proud of my­self for get­ting se­lected in these sides but I can’t just be happy with the se­lec­tion, I’ve got to per­form and put my name out there for the next level,’’ Carey said.

The four-day squad fea­tures four players with Test ex­pe­ri­ence — cap­tain Us­man Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Jack­son Bird and Hil­ton Cartwright.

Aus­tralia A will play two four-day matches against South Africa A be­fore then em­bark­ing on a one-day TriSeries with South Africa A and In­dia A.

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