Sussex have roped in Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast, the club confirmed on May 30 (Thursday). Meanwhile, the tournament will start on July 18, only three days after the final of the ICC World Cup 2019. Sussex will play their first game on July 19 against Hampshire.

Carey joins Sussex for T20 Blast

Carey is a part of Australia’s 15-member World Cup squad which will take on Afghanistan on June 1 in their tournament opener. Alex Carey has blown hot and cold in recent times and will look to hit the strides right from the start of the tournament. However, the 27-year-old enjoys a good strike-rate in the T20s. He has played 44 T20 games and has 918 runs at a strike rate of 128.93 with one century.

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Alex Carey seemed extremely excited to work with Jason Gillespie, who is the head coach of Sussex. The Aussie cricketer also said that he can’t wait to link with the team and take the field as they have one of the best fans in the country. Previously, Carey has played in the Sussex Premier League.

“I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play with Sussex,” he pointed out. “I played for East Grinstead in the Sussex Premier League a few years ago and now to play for the Sharks in the Blast is super exciting. I’ve heard the fans are the best in the country and I can’t wait to join Dizzy and the guys in July,” he added.

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Alex Carey will be a welcome addition to the side as he can clear the ropes at will and can also rotate the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. Jason Gillespie, who is also the coach of Adelaide Strikers where Carey plays in the Big Bash League, said Carey’s ability to adapt to different situations will give him an advantage.

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“We’re delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to Alex and excited for him to be linking up with us,” Gillespie said.