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Carey’s World Cup heroics

12 July 2019

Adelaide Strikers wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has had a World Cup to remember despite Australia’s loss to England in the semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Carey (46) was part of a crucial stand with Steve Smith (85) when the Australians were reeling at 3/14 after choosing to bat first, putting on 103 for the fourth wicket.

That he was able to assist in the rebuild was made more impressive after he was struck in the jaw by a ferocious Jofra Archer bouncer in the eighth over after he was elevated to No.5.

The 27-year-old received repeated treatment and seven or eight stitches on-field but played on, showing steely resolve against an England attack that decimated the top-order.

His knock helped Australia to 226, but it was never enough against a powerful batting unit which reached the total inside 32.1 overs, with eight wickets in the shed.

However, Carey's courageous effort epitomised a breakout campaign, which featured 375 runs at an average of 62.50 and a strike rate of 104.16.

Not only is this a World Cup record for runs scored by those at No.7 or lower, the skilful gloveman also currently sits at the top of the list for most dismissals with 20, two ahead of New Zealand’s Tom Latham who is still to play in the Final on Sunday.

The Australian vice-captain twice led his team to respectable totals after collapses in wins against the West Indies and New Zealand in the minor round, and he made his highest international score of 85 in a narrow loss to South Africa.

Now with nearly 50 limited-overs caps, it is clear that Carey has a huge future ahead of him in the green and gold.