Carey, who leaves this week to join Australia’s one-day international and T20 squad before its tours of England and Zimbabwe, will be a Striker until at least the end of BBL|09 after a record-breaking first full season in blue.
The 26-year-old wicketkeeper last season scored the most runs by a Striker in a single series, making 443 at an average of 49.22 and strike rate of 141.43.
Sharp behind the stumps, Carey topped the BBL for dismissals with 14 catches. He also made his ODI debut for Australia against England in January and then played five T20 international games against New Zealand in February.
General Manager High Performance Tim Nielsen said Carey’s progress had been great for South Australian cricket.
“Alex had an exciting season last year in both his roles with the Strikers and to watch him go on and represent Australia was satisfying for all who have seen him work so hard after returning to cricket,” he said.
“He’s a big part of what we want to continue to build with the squad in coming seasons.”
Vodafone has upgraded its partnership with a new three-year deal and is now the principal partner of both the men’s and women’s Adelaide Strikers.
Adelaide Strikers General Manager Bronwyn Klei said: “Vodafone first came on board before the start of last season so we are thrilled that they want to grow this partnership with the Strikers and take it to the next level.
“There is great synergy between Vodafone customers and Striker fans, and together we were really able to bring the partnership to life.
“The BBL competition is expanding next season and it will be great to have Vodafone with us for the ride, across both our men’s and women’s squads.”
The Vodafone logo will feature on the front and back of the playing shirt.
Ben McIntosh, Vodafone’s Consumer Business Unit Director, said it is exciting to have a bigger presence in the Adelaide sporting community. He welcomed Alex Carey on board as an official Vodafone ambassador.
“Alex is a great young talent with an exciting career ahead of him. We couldn’t think of anyone better to represent our brand and complement our extended support of the Adelaide Strikers in this new sponsorship deal,” he said.
“We’ve recently been recognised as having a standout mobile network in Adelaide and with the arrival of Vodafone nbn we’ll continue to deliver on our promise of providing more choice, freedom and flexibility for the people of Adelaide.”
Long term partner West End have also extended their relationship with South Australian cricket and have agreed to a new three-year term with the Adelaide Strikers as an Official Partner. They have also signed a three-year extension with SACA as the Naming Rights partner of the West End Redbacks and local domestic cricket competition. This is one of the longest relationships in Australian sport, now lasting more than 80 years.