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19th June, 2019
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Alex Carey won’t lose sight of his ultimate goal of playing Tests for Australia even if most of his cricket has been in coloured clothing.

Carey has been one of Australia’s most impressive over the opening weeks of the World Cup, both behind the stumps and with the bat.

Realistically, he finds himself in a battle with Matt Wade for a spot in Australia’s Ashes squad, if selectors opt to take a back-up wicketkeeper to Tim Paine.

Wade has his chance to press his claims on the Australia A tour of England that also started on Thursday, playing as a batsman-only for the majority of the games.

Meanwhile, Carey is seen as a future leader of Australian cricket, elevated to the vice-captaincy of the one-day squad last year following the ball-tampering saga.

But the 27-year-old’s one-day prowess has come at a cost, playing just two Sheffield Shield rounds last summer.

“My experience at the international level has been with the white ball and I guess limited opportunity back in Australia in Shield cricket,” Carey said.

“But I wouldn’t change anything.

“At the moment I’m really loving playing white-ball cricket for Australia, working with (assistant) Brad Haddin, obviously Tim Paine’s keeping really well at the moment as well.”

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Carey’s opportunity is likely to come at some point though, given Paine is aged 34.

“Moving forward I’ll continue to improve in all three formats in my game hopefully, and hopefully one day play Test cricket,” Carey said.

“I think every cricketer I’ve spoken to dreams to play Test cricket. I’m no different. It’s the dream, the goal.”

Carey said he hadn’t considered whether runs in the World Cup could push his Ashes chances.

But if nothing else, his performances at No.7 have shown he is adaptable given he is a top-order batsman in domestic cricket.

The South Australian has come to the wicket and scored a quickfire half-century against India and also a measured 45 to change the momentum of the game against the West Indies.

“It’s just (about) assessing the situation (batting lower), he said.

“The scoreboard dictates a lot of my role when I go back down the order, who I’m batting with. It’s sort of laid out in front.”

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