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Stanlake, Carey included in T20I squad

05 October 2018

Adelaide Strikers Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake have been selected in Australia’s T20 squad for the upcoming Qantas Tour of the UAE series against Pakistan.

Carey has been named joint vice-captain with Mitch Marsh, supporting captain Aaron Finch for the three-game series which starts in Abu Dhabi on 24 October.

Coach Justin Langer said the new captain and vice-captains were part of the same selection process used to identify the leaders of the Test team.

“Alex has great leadership qualities, and again we were really impressed with the way he presented to the interview panel,” Langer said.

“He already knows the role having held the vice-captaincy role in the recent tour of Zimbabwe, and as a wicketkeeper he has eyes behind the stumps which we believe is extremely beneficial to the team. He’s an elite professional who also backs up his words through his actions.”

Carey made his T20I debut for Australia against New Zealand in February and has now played 11 games in this format while 23-year-old paceman Stanlake has played 12 T20Is.

The 14-man squad selected by the National Selection Panel:
Aaron Finch (c)
Mitch Marsh (vc)
Alex Carey (vc)
Ashton Agar
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Chris Lynn
Nathan Lyon
Glenn Maxwell
Ben McDermott
Darcy Short
Billy Stanlake
Mitch Starc
Andrew Tye
Adam Zampa

Qantas Tour of the UAE T20 fixture:

Game One - October 24 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Abu Dhabi

Game Two - October 26 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Game Three - October 28 (8:00pm local time)
Pakistan v Australian
Dubai International Cricket Stadium