Carey on verge of Test side
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.