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Cricket Australia: Alex Carey named Australian captain for opening CG Insurance ODI match against the West Indies

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Alex Carey will captain Australia in tomorrow night’s CG Insurance One-Day International against the West Indies at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Aaron Finch has been ruled out with a knee injury sustained while batting in the fifth T20 International in St Lucia last Friday. His fitness for the one-day international series will be assessed on a day to day basis.

Carey and Pat Cummins were joint vice-captains of the white ball sides for three years until the fast bowler assumed the role as a standalone last August. With Cummins not on this tour Carey was to be vice-captain of the one-day squad after Matthew Wade assumed the role in the T20 Series.

Carey said: “I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers. To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive.

“Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards.

“To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity.”

Head Coach Justin Langer said: “For a long period of time Alex has shown an extremely high level of professionalism and discipline as a fantastic leader within this group,” Langer said.

“The injury to Finchy gives Alex the opportunity of his first experience as captain. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players.”

Carey has captained the Adelaide Strikers, the South Australian Redbacks and Australia A in the past. Australia will name Carey’s vice-captain and its final team at the coin toss.

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