Adam Gilchrist Backs Alex Carey’s White-Ball Return Ambitions

Adam Gilchrist supports Alex Carey’s ambition for a white-ball comeback, expressing confidence that the pursuit won’t affect Carey’s Test performance.

Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has thrown his support behind wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey’s ambition to reclaim his spot in the national white-ball team. Carey, currently unbeaten on 16 at the end of day three in the ongoing Test series against Pakistan, has been vocal about his desire to return to the limited-overs squad.

Despite a dip in his batting form since the Ashes Test at Lord’s, where he made headlines with a crucial stumping of Jonny Bairstow, Carey’s commitment behind the stumps remains strong. Gilchrist, speaking on Fox Cricket’s The Follow On podcast, commended Carey for openly expressing his goal, emphasizing that the pursuit of a white-ball comeback shouldn’t impact his Test cricket.

Adam Gilchrist stated, “I see no reason for him to shut down that goal. I don’t think it changes anything in his life by the way he goes about his cricket, the way he trains.” The former wicketkeeper-batsman believes that Carey’s hunger to represent Australia in white-ball cricket can serve as motivation, ultimately enhancing his Test cricket performance.

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Carey faced a lean period in ODIs in 2023, leading to his exclusion from the Men’s ODI World Cup after the opening match against India. Josh Inglis replaced him for the majority of the tournament, contributing to Australia’s World Cup triumph. Gilchrist acknowledged the selectors’ decision but highlighted Carey’s versatility and work ethic.

“The decision by the selectors to go with Josh Inglis in the World Cup was justified. But I think Alex Carey would have done a very serviceable job there as well. Credit to the selectors. Keep the dream alive, because that inspires him,” concluded Gilchrist.

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