Australia’s wicket-keeper batsman, Alex Carey is set to join Sussex for the T20 Blast after the conclusion of ICC World Cup, it was confirmed on Thursday (May 30). The tournament will start from July 18 and Sussex will play their first game on the next day against Hampshire.
Carey said he's excited to work with Jason Gillespie and is looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd. "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."
Carey has played 44 T20 games and has 918 runs to his name at a strike rate of 128.93 with one century. Gillespie, who is also a coach at Adelaide Strikers where Carey plays in the Big Bash League, stressed the batsman's ability to adapt will hold him in good stead.
"We're delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to Alex and excited for him to be linking up with us," he said "He's been impressive opening the batting for the Strikers in the Big Bash and now he's getting experience in the middle order with Australia.
"He can certainly clear the ropes but he's also able to read and adapt to different conditions. That versatility will give us options on how best to utilise his batting in this year's Blast. Alex is also a world-class keeper so to have a player like him joining the Sharks is a real coup for the club. I know Alex well from the Adelaide Strikers and he knows Sussex well from his time playing league cricket in the county, so I've no doubt he'll fit in nicely in our dressing room."