Alex Carey declared pre-game he would lean on the experienced players in the Australian one-day team for his first game as captain and post-match he couldn’t thank them enough.
The stand-in skipper declared veteran pace duo of Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood “put on a clinic” as the new-look Aussies routed the West Indies in the opening ODI in Barbados.
Carey was thrown in the captaincy deep end, given a team with three first-gamers and two injected back after long stints out of the side as they tried to turn around a horror 4-1 T20 series loss to the home side.
But Starc took five wickets and Hazlewood three, with six coming in the opening seven overs to effectively end the home team’s chances and give Carey all the comfort he needed in his captaincy debut.
He’ll likely be called on again too with a fitness cloud remaining over Aaron Finch with two more games in the five days.
“I know what their best looks like and they definitely brought that,” Carey said of his two strike bowlers.
“I am thankful for them for rocking up and putting on an absolute clinic. I was surrounded by lots of experience, Finchy has been fantastic, JL (coach Justin Langer) too.
“But It definitely helps when the two big quicks do their thing. we know it’s not always going be like that,but the energy they brought to the second innings was what we want to see.
“And it was great for Wes Agar on his debut to see some world class fats bowling.”
It was Starc’s eighth five-wicket haul in ODIs, and he is ow joint fifth for most ODI five-fors.
Agar, the younger brother of spinner Ashton, who presented his cap but then didn’t play, joined Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott in making their one-day debuts.
The Agar brothers, Ashton and Wes, after Wes made his one day international debut for Australia in the West Indies. Picture: cricket.comSource:Supplied
Philippe and McDermott opened the batting in the absence of Finch, and put on a half-century stand.
It was enough for Carey, who opens the batting for the Adelaide Strikers to confirm he would maintain his role in the middle order in game two on Friday.
After whirlwind 36 hours in which he was given the captaincy, and a new look team, Carey said he couldn’t have had more support, and felt comfortable enough to do the job again if needed.
“What I know is I have lots of support around me and lots of people who care bout this cricket team, that makes my job really, not easy,but it’s comforting to know people are looking out,” he said,.
“The messages I had come through were pretty special. I don’t expect to be a leader, or have the title.Finchy is not here so someone had to take the reins.
“We’ll enjoy the win but move on really quickly.”
Game two is in Barbados again on Friday.
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