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Did new Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey play in the AFL?

Jake Nichol November 30, 2021
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Alex Carey has been announced as Australia’s new wicket-keeper, replacing Tim Paine, but did he once play in the AFL? What is his cricket record like?

Carey has been promoted to wicket-keeper following the decision of Tim Paine to step back from the game for personal reasons.

Bowler Pat Cummins will take on the captaincy with Steve Smith as his number two, but Carey will be the man to don the gloves behind the stumps.

The 30-year-old will make his Test debut in the first of the five-match series at The Gabba, starting on December 8th.

But has Carey always been a cricketer? Which team did he briefly play for in the AFL?

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Alex Carey AFL links revealed

Carey was born in Loxton, South Australia – about 150 miles east of Adelaide.

As a teenager, he split his time between the cricket pitch and the AFL fields of the South Australian National Football League.

He even made South Australia’s squad for the Under 18 Championships in 2008 – think something akin to college football in the United States.

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In 2010, he left Glenelg (his SANFL team) for Sydney and Greater Western Sydney Giants ahead of a 2012 entry into the AFL itself.

However, the then 21-year-old was dropped from the squad before that inaugural AFL season.

It means that although Alex Carey has played for an AFL side in the GWS Giants, he has never played in the AFL itself.

After being dropped, he switched his focus back to cricket.

He made his first-class debut for South Australia soon afterwards, although he was on the fringes of the squad until 2015.

Carey focuses on cricket

In 2017, Carey was named to the Australia development squad following impressive performances with the bat and gloves.

After being overlooked for a slot in the 2017/18 Ashes squad, he made his international debut in January 2018 in white-ball cricket.

He has since specialised in the ODI and T20 formats for the Baggy Greens.

In the 2019 ODI World Cup in England, Carey took 18 catches and 20 dismissals overall.

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He was named in the Team of the Tournament.

He captained Australia for the first time in July 2021, in a comfortable ODI win against the West Indies.

Carey will take Baggy Green cap #461 after being confirmed by Cricket Australia as the new wicket-keeper for the side.

Alex Carey Australia stats

Correct as of November 30th, 2021

  • ODI matches – 45
  • Runs scored – 1,203
  • High Score – 106
  • Average – 36.45
  • Dismissals – 57
  • T20 matches – 38
  • Runs scored – 233
  • High Score -37*
  • Average – 11.09
  • Dismissals – 28
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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.