Carey to skipper Aussies in opening ODI

20 July 2021 15:21:31 GMTPlus10

Alex Carey has been named as Australia's captain for the one-day series opener against the West Indies after Aaron Finch was ruled out through injury.

The Aussies are priced at 1.16 to win the three-match ODI series in Barbados with the opening match being played on Wednesday.

And Carey will step into the role and become the nation's 26th ODI captain.

Vice-captain Pat Cummins would normally step up into the position but he is not part of the touring party after opting to stay back in Australia.

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It presents a great opportunity for Carey and coach Just Langer believes he is the perfect man for the job having captained Australia A last year.

"For a long period of time Alex has shown an extremely high level of professionalism and discipline as a fantastic leader," Langer said after the news was announced.

"I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players."

Finch has been ruled out of the opening match after suffering a knee injury during the final game of the T20 series over the weekend.

Carey has jumped at the chance and says he is deeply honoured to captain his country.

"To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport," he added. "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."

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