Tim Paine Reveals Alex Carey's Struggles Following Ashes Stumping Controversy


Tim Paine Reveals Alex Carey’s Struggles Following Ashes Stumping Controversy


Former Australian captain Tim Paine has expressed his belief that wicketkeeper Alex Carey is still grappling with the mental aftermath of his contentious Ashes stumping incident, a factor that may have contributed to his underwhelming performance in the World Cup opener, drawing attention to his position within the team.

Despite middling batting results in recent white-ball games, Australian coach Andrew McDonald had endorsed Carey as the team’s primary wicketkeeper before the tournament. Carey’s recent batting form had been less than stellar, with only one score above 14 in his last eight outings—a 99 in South Africa.

In Australia’s first World Cup match against India in Chennai, Carey faced dismissal on just the second ball, courtesy of spinner Ravindra Jadeja, adding to his scores of 11 and 28 in warm-up matches and a mere 25 runs in two lead-in series matches against India. Additionally, Carey was involved in a dropped catch that could have made a difference in the outcome of the match.

With the presence of Josh Inglis in the World Cup squad, questions have arisen about Carey’s position in the team. Paine pondered whether Carey’s struggles were a result of the lingering impact of his stumping controversy involving English batter Jonny Bairstow during the Ashes.

Paine commented, “He’s been struggling, there’s no doubt about that. It looks like a mindset thing. We know how dangerous Alex can be… I don’t think he’s looked the same since the Jonny Bairstow stumping. Whether that’s had an effect on him mentally because there was no doubt he copped an absolute barrel over there from everyone.”

The former captain noted that Carey had faced significant challenges during that period, with constant public scrutiny and criticism affecting him and his family. Paine questioned whether this had rattled Carey or eroded his confidence.

Paine acknowledged that despite McDonald’s backing, selectors might need to make a decision on Carey early in the tournament if Australia aimed to progress deep, especially with Inglis in good form and waiting for an opportunity.

Australia has a four-day break before their next match against South Africa on October 12 in Lucknow.



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