Australia’s Alex Carey says he is determined to build on his outstanding Test debut as a wicketkeeper when the men’s Ashes series moves to Adelaide.
- Carey took eight catches in Australia’s win over England
- He says there is still room for improvement in his wicketkeeping game
- Carey believes Travis Head has the potential to be “one of the best players in the world”
Carey, who replaced Tim Paine as Australia’s wicketkeeper, took eight catches in the home side’s nine-wicket win over England in the opening Test at the Gabba.
His haul of catches was a men’s Test record for a player on debut.
Carey said there was still room for improvement in his game ahead of the second Test, which begins at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
“As a wicketkeeper, you are only going to get judged on catches taken or catches dropped,” he said.
“I’ll keep moving forward. I’ll keep trying to improve my game to Gaz (Nathan Lyon) and the quicks … I’ll keep trying to work hard for those guys.”
The day-night Test in Adelaide gives Carey and Australian teammate Travis Head the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd.
Carey was full of praise for his fellow South Australian, who was named player of the match in the first Test following his stunning innings of 152 from 148 deliveries.
“If we see more innings like that over the next 12 to 18 months, he’s going to be one of the best players in the world,” Carey said.
Australian selectors are yet to announce if they will make any changes to the Test XI for the pink-ball encounter in Adelaide.
David Warner (rib) and Josh Hazlewood (side strain) are under injury clouds, with the fitness of both players to be monitored in the coming days.