Australian wicketkeeping legend Adam Gilchrist believes fellow gloveman Alex Carey is a chance to break into the team for the upcoming Ashes series.
Carey, 26, has shown good form both keeping and batting at domestic level for South Australia, and was selected for the recently cancelled ‘Australia A’ tour of South Africa.
Carey is competing with more experienced pair Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill, who have both kept in the Test side over recent years, for a spot in the team to face England at the Gabba on November 23.
“I’m hearing a big push for Carey from South Australia,” Gilchrist told SEN’s The Run Home earlier this week.
“I’ve got to declare I’ve never seen him ‘keep. I’ve seen a couple of highlights of his and he looks brilliant.
“All word is that is he’s a very, very tidy ‘keeper, very solid and a very solid, without being spectacular in terms of the results he’s produced with the bat.
“He’s slightly younger than the others…I believe he’s a very hard worker and a top team man and a good guy to have around.
“I’m probably starting to think that it’s more likely that (selectors) might say ‘OK youngster, you’re in’.”
Gilchrist also spoke about Peter Nevill’s axing from the test side last year, who he believes is the best pure wicketkeeper in Australia, describing it as a “premature” decision.
“I think they were hasty getting rid of Nevill (last year),” Gilchrist said.
“But now that they’ve got Wade in there, he’s had six Test matches in the subcontinent, the poor bloke.
“That’s the hardest spot to keep and bat, so he’s probably owed a few games back in these conditions to show what he can do.”
The first Ashes test starts on November 23 at the Gabba, before Australia and England face off at the Adelaide Oval, the WACA, the MCG and the SCG in that order.