Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey has hit back at Allan Border after the latter criticised Australia A’s performance during the recently-concluded tour game against Indians at the SCG. Alex Carey was captaining the home side in the match which eventually ended in a draw.
In the first innings of the game, India were all out for 194 before bowling out the hosts for 108. The visitors then came up with an impressive batting display in the second innings and piled up 386 for 4 before declaring. And Border was unimpressed with the way Australian players performed on day two of the game when Indian batsmen were piling on the runs.
Alex Carey, however, did not agree with the former Australia captain as he defended the team’s performance. He also said that he would “love” having a chat with him.
“I guess, personally being out there, the attitude wasn’t bad. We were trying. We had difficult situations with our bowlers, as I mentioned, making sure they got the right overs in. It was difficult out there with two set batters, and Rishabh (Pant) slogging it the way he did. But I absolutely would love to sit down and chat with AB for all parts of my game,” Alex Carey was quoted as saying by ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ after the third day’s play.
Earlier, Border said while commentating on the match for Fox Cricket that the team’s performance in the last session of Day 2 was “one of the worst, lethargic performances” he has ever seen in the final session of any cricket.
“This is Australia A, they are representing Australia, they are young blokes trying to make their way. That fielding performance, bowling performance, captaincy performance — an absolute disgrace. Not up to scratch at all,” said Border.
“If Alex Carey is in line to be an Australian captain, he has got a lot of work to do for me. He has gone down quite a few pegs. He is a good cricketer Alex Carey, he has got a bit of energy himself, but yesterday he should have reacted to the way the general feel around the team was,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Australia A put up a good performance with the bat in the second innings, scoring 307 for 4 before the proceedings ended. Ben McDermott and Jack Wildermuth scored unbeaten centuries while Alex Carey scored a fifty.