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In-form Carey called into Australian squad


UPDATED: Illnesses to wicketkeeper Tim Paine and bowler Josh Hazlewood have opened the door for a pair of ODI debuts against England at the Gabba on Friday.

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Hazlewood has been sent home to Sydney to recover from a virus, while Paine continued to struggle with gastro at training today and isn’t certain of starting.

Fresh off a maiden Big Bash hundred for the Adelaide Strikers last night, wicketkeeper Alex Carey has been flown into camp as Australia looks to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Rested from the series-opening loss on Sunday, Hazlewood was set to replace Pat Cummins before he got sick.

Jhye Richardson is a possibility to come into the squad as cover for Hazlewood.

Australian opener Aaron Finch said it would be a chance for the side to prove its fast-bowling depth, and he backed Carey to continue his good form if rewarded with his first international cap.

Carey has been in sparkling form for the Strikers, with his match-winning maiden century lifting his side to an 11-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes last night and back to the top of the league points table.

Carey, the tournament’s second-leading run-scorer behind Hurricanes record-breaker D’Arcy Short, has put his name in light’s ahead of next month’s international T20 tri-series involving Australia, England and New Zealand.

Last night, Carey wasn’t dwelling on his chances of representing his country.

“You never know,” Carey said.

“You obviously want to make runs and put your name out there (but) Tim Paine is doing really well in the green and gold.

“I want to keep playing well for our side to get some silverware, hopefully, later in this tournament.

“That’s my No.1 focus – to go out there and to the best I can for the Strikers.

“The rest will take care of itself.”

Carey’s sublime knock and the relatively cheap dismissal of Short (28) turned the match Adelaide’s way before Alex Doolan’s career-best 70 not out almost helped the Hurricanes produce a miracle.

Doolan started cautiously before kicking off mid-innings, clocking wily Strikers legspinner Rashid Khan for three sixes in one over.

Before the match, Rashid had yet to concede a single maximum all tournament, across 32 overs.

“The first one he got, I said to him that’s the first one anyone’s hit this tournament,” Carey said.

“I shouldn’t have said that – he got confident.”

The behind-the-wicket remark was confirmed by Doolan.

“I guess every dog has his day,” the Tasmanian said.

“Alex Carey told me that out there when I hit the first one, so what an honour.

“We’ve been very lucky with D’Arcy’s form in the first half of the Big Bash.

“He’s certainly carried our batting group.

“(But) we can’t be relying on one person every innings, it’s just not feasible to do that.”

– with AAP

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