Alex Carey will captain Australia in the first one-day international match against the West Indies, Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday, after Aaron Finch was sacked due to injury.
Finch again worsened a right knee injury in last week’s fifth Twenty20 against West Indies and Cricket Australia said his availability for the second and third ODI will be assessed on a daily basis.
All three matches will be played in Barbados, starting on Wednesday.
Carey, 29, will become Australia’s 26th ODI captain and take over in the absence of regular vice-captain Pat Cummins, who will not be touring the West Indies with a host of senior players including Steve Smith and David Warner.
“I am deeply honored to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers,” said Carey, who previously captained Australia A, Adelaide Strikers and South Australia.
“Being captain of Australia is one of the sport’s greatest privileges and an honor that I am extremely grateful to receive. Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him with open arms when he is in top form, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. “
Australia lost the Twenty20 series to the West Indies 4-1 and with several stars missing, Carey will lead an inexperienced ODI squad in which Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott and Riley Meredith are in the mix to make their debut.
Carey’s leadership potential was recognized from a young age, but not in cricket.
A talented junior footballer under Australian rules, he was the first official skipper of the new Australian Football League team, the Sydney West Giants, although they were still only part of the Under-18 competition. years of Victoria.
When told later that he had been excluded from the squad due to a lack of speed, he focused on cricket and in two years he made his debut for Australia from South.
The southpaw has been a mainstay of Australia’s ODI squad since their debut against England in 2018 and is seen as a strong contender to take over the gloves from Tim Paine when the test keeper retires.
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