Alex Carey wishes to finish games for Australia like MS Dhoni did for India
"You want to learn as much as you can from him," Carey said.
Published - Jan 12, 2020 12:04 pm | Updated - Jan 12, 2020 12:51 pm
Alex Carey has become Australia preferred wicket-keeper in the last 18 months or so and has impressed many with his batting as well. Rather he endured one of the better World Cup campaigns as the wicketkeeper-batsman last year in England. Currently, he is in India with the Australian squad to face the home side in the three-match ODI series and is eagerly looking forward to the contest.
Carey scored 375 runs in nine innings for Australia in World Cup while batting at seven most of the times. His remarkable average of 62.5 and a strike-rate of more than 100 stood out in the tournament. Now he wants to finish more games for his country and is looking up to MS Dhoni for the same. He observed the veteran closely during India’s tour of Australia in 2018-19 season and then during the five-match series in India ahead of the World Cup.
“When you look at the best in the world like MS Dhoni, you want to learn as much as you can from him. I was lucky enough to play against him last year, just the way he took the game deep and won games for India. “I aspire to do that one day. It’s just improving little parts of my game,” Alex Carey said in the press conference ahead of the first ODI set to be played on January 14.
Alex Carey not worried about his batting position
Alex Carey has mostly batted at number seven for Australia most of the times. However, he was promoted to five in the semi-final against England in the World Cup. With the team in doldrums, the 28-year-old scored a fighting 46 and stitched a much-needed century stand with Steve Smith as well. Though Carey is not much worried about his batting position and is ready to bat in any situation for his team.
“It’s going to be, a lot of the time, dependent on the situation of the game [where I bat in the future]. Hopefully your No.5, 6 or 7 come in later in the innings and if I’m batting in one of those spots, I am happy enough to do that. Batting (in the) middle order with Adelaide has been something that I’ve identified in my game.
“If I’m playing for Australia it’s probably going to be through the middle. It’s one of those roles I want to get better at and hopefully win games for Australia,” Alex Carey further added. The first ODI between India and Australia is scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai while Rajkot and Bengaluru will host the other two ODIs.
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