The wicket-keeper for Australia, Alex Carey, said he keeps in touch with many former keepers and that he has talked to some of them about what to expect during the World Test Championship (WTC) Final and the Ashes series.
Carey received his Baggy Green when he played his first Test against England in Brisbane during the Ashes series in 2021, according to former Australian goalkeeper Adam Gilchrist.
Carey keeps in touch with a select group of previous wicketkeepers and earned his Baggy Green from Adam Gilchrist during his Test debut in the 2021 Ashes series. He appreciates their counsel and assistance and emphasizes the comradery among Australian wicketkeepers.
“The beauty of representing Australia as a wicket-keeper is it’s a pretty small club,” Carey told ICC. “Adam Gilchrist presented my Baggy Green and is a guy I obviously looked up to when I was a youngster.
“Brad Haddin was part of the one-day World Cup, I have done some work with Ian Healy, Graham Manou is a South Australian boy and Tim Paine recently as well – and Matty Wade is another,” Alex Carey said.
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“It is really nice to be able to bounce ideas off those guys, even just some thoughts and questions to get a second opinion. They are really open to offering advice and support and like I said it is a pretty small club so it is always nice to hear from those guys,” Alex Carey added.
“It would be nice to have a great tour here”- Alex Carey
Alex Carey, Australia’s wicket-keeper, noted that playing with cricket legend Ricky Ponting had also been advantageous to him. Carey has improved significantly behind the wickets, and Ponting considers him to be one of the best Test wicketkeepers in the world. Carey acknowledged his appreciation for Ponting’s remarks and his willingness to keep improving.
“To hear those words from Ricky is great,” Carey noted. “As a player, I have tried to improve with every game and with every opportunity I get. To work with Ricky over the last number of years, starting over here in England four years ago and part of the One-Day World Cup was great and it would be nice to have a great tour here,” Alex Carey further said.
Australia will enter the one-off Test without having played a competitive warm-up match, and the decision caused some controversy at home. Former skipper Allan Border is one of many who questioned the action before an incredibly important stretch of Test cricket.
“Coming together now we really feel the excitement heading into the Test Championship and I think it will be a hindsight thing about whether or not we should have played a warm-up match. As a player I feel like we will be ready come to that first match so I think it will be one of the things talked about after the Test match,” Alex Carey maintained.
Australia will face India in the World Test Championship Final on June 7 at the Oval in London, before turning their attention to the Ashes beginning on June 16.