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SA's Carey confirmed for Australian debut

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South Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey will make his one-day international debut at the Gabba today after Tim Paine was ruled out with an illness.

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Paine has struggled with gastro all week and Carey was flown in as cover on Thursday just hours after blitzing a maiden Big Bash century for the Adelaide Strikers.

Fast bowler Jhye Richardson is also a chance to make his ODI debut against England in Brisbane given Josh Hazlewood was ruled out due to an unrelated virus earlier this week.

Carey has been in strong form in all modes of competition this year.

He is second on the BBL run chart to rampaging Hurricane D’Arcy Short, while also notching his maiden Sheffield Shield hundred for South Australia in December.

The 26-year-old has posted 368 Big Bash runs at 61.33 to go with a strike rate of 139.92 this season.

Having passed up a rookie contract with South Australian in 2010, Carey returned to cricket when he was cut by the AFL’s GWS Giants ahead of the 2012 season.

– with AAP

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