Alex Carey grabs street-smart catch: The Australian wicket-keeper was seen fielding at unusual positions in the first warm-up match.
During Australia’s first intra-squad warm-up match on their tour of West Indies, Australia I beat Australia II by 4 wickets in St Lucia.
Chasing a 194-run target in a 22-over match, Australia I thrived on the back of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh scoring a match-winning 56 (28) with the help of four fours and four sixes.
Marsh, 29, made the most of his batting opportunity at No. 3 scoring at a strike rate of 200 against the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Andrew Tye.
It was against uncapped spinner Tanveer Sangha that Marsh mis-timed an aerial shot. Having hit Sangha down the ground, Marsh got more height than distance on the shot as Alex Carey grabbed a street-smart catch to break a crucial partnership.
Not keeping wickets, Carey had prepared himself for a high catch at long-off. While he caught the ball cleanly, momentum saw him moving past the boundary rope. Carey then successfully threw the ball in the air only to take a step back past the boundary rope and subsequently return to complete the catch.
Needing 10 runs to win in Tye’s last over, batsman Ashton Turner scored a praiseworthy 45* (28) comprising of four fours and a six to seal the chase with two balls to go. Other than Marsh and Turner, Australia I wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Philippe also contributed with 39 (35) as he batted twice last night.
In the first innings, all-rounder Daniel Christian had top-scored for Australia II with his 47 (31) comprising of three fours and two sixes. Moises Henriques (36) and Carey (31) were among the other significant contributors in the batting division.
Although expensive, Josh Hazlewood and Riley Meredith had picked a couple of wickets each for Australia II and Australia I. Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Swepson were the bowlers who bowled their four-over spells without leaking too many runs.
Alex Carey grabs street-smart catch to dismiss Mitchell Marsh in warm-up match
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 6, 2021
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