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23rd December, 2019
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Alex Carey continues to plunder runs for the Strikers – and he hopes to do the same when he makes his IPL debut for Ricky Ponting’s Capitals later this year

Alex Carey hasn’t been able to wipe the smile off his face after being snapped up by the Delhi Capitals in last week’s Indian Premier League auction in Kolkota.

Carey was sold for INR 2.40 crore ($A470,000) to the Capitals, who are coached by Australian legend Ricky Ponting.

“I can’t wait,” Carey said. “I’ve got a smile on my face thinking about it.

“It’s one of those tournaments that you really want to be a part of, as is the Big Bash. Those are the big two in the world.

“I cant wait to work with Ricky, who’s obviously the best in the world at what he does.

“I’m very excited.”

Alex Carey

(Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

The Capitals look to have landed a bargain with Carey, as the Adelaide Strikers’ acting captain in Test batsman Travis Head’s absence is making a barnstorming start to this season’s BBL.

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Carey followed his neat 45 in the Strikers’ opener against Sydney Thunder with a scintillating 55 off just 24 balls in Monday’s 13-run win over the Perth Scorchers.

His stroke play was sublime, particularly on the off side, with two stunning sixes over cover against the spin in Ashton Agar’s first over.

After initially making his mark in the shortest form as an opener, Carey is relishing batting in the Strikers’ middle order, replicating the role he fills expertly for the national side in the white-ball format.

“I don’t think it (batting in the middle order) hurts if I’m selected in 12 months’ time (for the Twenty20 World Cup), to get some exposure to the middle,” Carey said.

“Jake Weatherald again has had a great start to this tournament. We’ve got some good options at the top of the order.

“At the moment, if I’m coming in at No.4, I think for team balance it works.”

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