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Alex Carey jokes about his wife’s cricket advice



Alex Carey owes his early success in Sri Lanka to Jon Holland’s nightmares, rubber mats and ignoring his wife.

What even Australia’s wicketkeeper needs to know wouldn’t be a good combination in any normal world.

But when it comes to Galle’s spinning wickets, it’s a cocktail that kind of just works.

Carey perhaps best summed up Australia’s first Test win.

The South Australian prevailed against opponent Niroshan Dickwella in difficult conditions and scored five catches for the match at a rotating wicket.

He then hailed with the racquet Australia’s willingness to be unorthodox as he swept or swept backwards his first 12 balls and 29 of his 45 runs came from shots.

It’s something that Carey comes naturally to, and he plans to reinstate him in the second Test starting Friday.

Substituted by Holland in six of eight innings against Victoria in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Carey knew something had to change.

“I learned five or six years ago that my method wasn’t working and I had to adapt,” Carey said.

“You have some mistakes against Jon Holland that sit on the crease, you have to walk away from that.

“It’s about trusting what you think works for you.

“I tend to sweep the spin no matter where it is. Beating 7th place… you get a good understanding of what’s happening in the game.”

Despite traditionally orthodox coaching methods in Australia, Carey said he had only one person close to him who criticized the tactic.

“My wife (Eloise) is the harshest critic of the opposite,” he said.

“She’s like, ‘Don’t play that damn reverse sweep, not again.’

“But I just politely tell her, ‘You haven’t played the game.’

“Yes, you will get off to reverse sweeps and sweeps. … But it can also lead to some achievements.”

Carey took the same approach to his save and immediately got an idea of ​​how difficult it would be after Nathan ripped Lyon’s first ball up in Galle and hit his helmet.

Having worked with Tim Nielsen on indoor rubber spider webs in Adelaide before leaving for Sri Lanka, the goalkeeper accepts the fact that opportunities are missed and he needs to stay in the moment.

“All you can do is understand the conditions as soon as possible. Getting between my eyes early on woke me up a little bit,” said Carey.

“You can’t control what the ball does.

“It’s about staying in that one ball when the wicket turns.

“Responding well enough to one that grows big and having a stable base for the one that slides on.

“More time behind the stumps (the spinners) is also great preparation. I know it’s a competition, but the more you do it, the more you understand.”

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