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Alex Carey to captain Australia in place of injured Aaron Finch

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Alex Carey will lead Australia in the first ODI against the West Indies, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday, after Aaron Finch was ruled out with injury.

Cricket Australia stated on Monday that Finch injured his knee while batting in the fifth T20I in St. Lucia on Friday and that his health for the ODI collection will probably be assessed during the course of next few days.

On being appointed as Australia’s 26th ODI captain, Carey feels honoured to take the role and hopeful of filling in Finch’s boots to the regular skipper’s expectations.

Carey thankful for the opportunity to lead Australia

“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers,” said Alex Carey, before the start of the one day series in Barbados.

“To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive. Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards.”

Carey has beforehand captained the Adelaide Strikers, the South Australian Redbacks and Australia A.

The left-hander has been a mainstay of the Australian ODI side since his debut against England in 2018. After his stellar run in the 2019 World Cup he has been a permanent member of the one day team and is seen as a strong contender to take over the gloves from Tim Paine when the Test keeper retires.

It is yet to be announced from the Australian camp who’s going to open the batting in Aaron Finch’s absence in the first ODI of the 3-match series. Australia will probably be trying to bounce again from their 4-1 T20I collection loss to the identical opposition and have cause to be assured having received every of their previous three ODI campaigns.

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