Alex Carey will captain Australia for the first time after Aaron Finch was excluded from the first One-Day International against the West Indies due to a knee injury.
Finch suffered a batting injury in the T20I final in St. Lucia and was visibly limping as he ran between the wickets. He is assessed daily and it is not yet known when he will be fit to play.
Carey steps into the role after an intriguing spell at the head of the Australian White Ball.
While his role in Australia’s T20 squad as a specialist hitter or wicket keeper is less certain, his record in ODI cricket has been strong since taking over the role of goalkeeper from Tim Paine in 2018.
He shared the role of vice-captain of the limited teams between 2018 and 2020, when Cricket Australia appointed Pat Cummins – who has retired from the current tour – as their sole vice-captain, but he says CA was clear on his leadership. role.
“I think when I heard the news it was pretty clear that I was still, I guess, held in the band and for me nothing has really changed over the past 12 months knowing that a lot of guys had opportunities to be the vice-captain of the team, ”said Carey.
“My cricket hasn’t changed, my mentality hasn’t changed and it’s a great opportunity to have the vice-captain position when I got it, so, yes, to be recognized here in Barbados, leading the band tomorrow is just excitement right now.
For the past two years, Carey has served as captain for Australia A and the Adelaide Strikers and has also stepped in to lead South Australia in the absence of Travis Head. He is widely seen as a future candidate for the position of Test Captain, whenever Tim Paine retires.
“I guess if you talk about preparation these opportunities are great for my development,” said Carey.
“Playing more matches at this level also gives you a better understanding of what it takes and what it takes to win matches, so I will continue to learn the game of cricket, without a doubt, but I really feel confident with who I have by my side, the guys who will be going out in the park with me tomorrow, the experience that we have, so I guess that’s probably heartwarming.
Carey has already known the harsh criticisms that can accompany the captaincy of a national team.
Last summer, former Australian captain Allan Border blasted Australia’s A team, led by Carey, calling their performance against a touring Indian team “absolutely disgraceful”.
This prompted Carey to call Border to clarify comments and discuss the issues, which Carey describes as a useful “learning curve”.
“There are a lot of really good and a lot of great leaders across the country who still care about the game of cricket,” said Carey.
“So to get him to answer my call and tell me about what he saw, it was a great learning curve for me to talk to one of Australia’s best captains.”
After losing the T20 series, Australia will play three ODIs in Barbados, hoping to reverse a winter tour in which they have so far won a match that was a dead rubber.
While the T20 leg of the tour has been widely seen as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, the ODI Series takes on added significance as part of the ICC World Cup Men’s Super League, which is the qualifying path for the 2023 50- World Cup in India.
“Absolutely the goal is to win the cricket match for Australia and it gets around my teammates coming out of the park with me, making sure we’re really connected and really well planned,” said Carey.
“And when it comes to my game, I really feel confident.
“We know T20 cricket is a different game from day cricket and I am delighted to be leading the squad tomorrow in the first game against the West Indies in their country.
“We want to get on the set early, we know how damaging they can be if you give them a chance, so we’re excited. We feel really ready and I’m excited to step out with the yolks and toss the coin. “