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Alex Carey designated as new ODI skipper ahead of opening ODI, Finch sacked from probable team line-

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-07-20 19:52:31

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Alex Carey will lead the Australian team in the inaugural ODI match against West Indies, as Aaron Finch has been ruled-out from the tentative 15-member team named for the Barbados challenge.

Cricket Australia in the official press release has informed that first-choice skipper Finch had sustained a knee injury. Australian skipper injured himself while fulfilling his batting duties in the fifth T20I, and recovery of the key Australian batsman will be monitored on a day-to-day basis. However, sources have lean hopes that Finch will be ‘perfectly fine’ ahead of the next two combats.

Alex Carey will be the 26th standing ODI skipper for team Australia, and the left hander batsman will presume his duty on Tuesday evening in Barbados. Stats also suggest that Carey will be the first South Australian player to lead the national side in the 50-over affair since the late ‘great’ David Hookes in 1983. In addition to this new role, Carey has previously led the Adelaide Strikers, Australia A and South Australian Redbacks at different points of time.

"I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers," Carey said. "To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive.

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"Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity." Carey in his speech ahead of taking the new role.

Not much has gone in the favor of the visitors in this hectic Caribbean tour, slipping the advances of the inaugural T20I match. Team Australia looked off-colored in the whole assignment so far, as they dodge the befalling whitewash with a solo win in the fourth T20I which was also defined as a nail-biting finish.

Team Australia is already dealing with a depleted squad, as players who are famed as the key-performers chose to skip the tour after hectic return from the India bound IPL tour which was called-off in-between because of COVID cases explosion. Now, absence of Finch has totally transformed this Australian unit as the inexperienced outfit with Carey the in-charge.

Head Coach Justin Langer also expressed his thoughts about this new development and said "For a long period of time Alex has shown an extremely high level of professionalism and discipline as a fantastic leader within this group. The injury to Finchy gives Alex the opportunity of his first experience as captain. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players."

Head Coach Justin Langer said: "For a long period of time Alex has shown an extremely high level of professionalism and discipline as a fantastic leader within this group. The injury to Finchy gives Alex the opportunity of his first experience as captain. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players." 

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