Carey shines in Aussies win

22 July 2021 22:10:19 GMTPlus10

Stand-in Australian ODI cricket captain Alex Carey was back among the runs as his side defeated the West Indies in the opening match of the series.

Australia are priced at 1.16 to win the three-match series and got off to the perfect start with a crushing 133-run win over the home side.

Carey had struggled in the T20 series defeat when scoring just 22 runs from three innings but bounced back in fine style in the one-day format with a valuable 67 runs off 87 balls.

Batting at number five he put on 104 runs with Ashton Turner to help set up the win and says he will be happy to carry on in the middle order.

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One-day debutants Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott opened the innings, scoring 39 and 28 respectively and Carey says they did a great job.

And the skipper, who has more experience when it comes to opening in one-day games is also happy to stay where he is.

"I'm so pleased with how the two openers went today, they both set their innings up to go on and make big ones and unfortunately they didn't do that, but it was a difficult wicket," Carey said.

"I see my role through the middle being pretty much there and I thought the way AT (Turner) and I batted, hopefully we can continue our partnership like we did tonight."

Meanwhile, he also had plenty of praise for Turner, who was making just his seventh ODI appearance for his country.

"He's working really hard off the ground, you saw tonight the quality of player he is, he'll play a lot more games for Australia," Carey added. "He's really busy, he runs hard between the wickets, he's got the ability to clear the pickets.

"Also captaining the team back in WA at times, he's got a lot of knowledge and standing next to me at slip tonight he was great value."

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