Ashes 2021-22: Alex Carey Shatters Rishabh Pant's Wicketkeeping Record on Test Debut

On Saturday, Alex Carey became the first player to take eight wickets on his Test debut, as Australia moved closer to winning the maiden Ashes Test against England. After Tim Paine elected to take a vacation following the Texting incident that broke only days before the start of the Ashes series, Carey is making his debut for Australia in the longest format of the game. He became the 461st Australian player to wear the baggy green cap in the Gabba Test.

Alex Carey tied Chris Read, Brian Taber, Chamara Dunusinghe, Rishabh Pant, Peter Nevill, and Alan Knott for the most catches by a wicketkeeper on Test debut with (7) on Saturday. When Chris Woakes edged Cameron Green’s delivery behind the wicket, he grabbed his eighth catch. Alex Carey took the wickets of Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, and Ollie Robinson in the first innings. In the second innings, the debutant claimed catches from England openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns, as well as England skipper Joe Root, Jos Buttler, and Chris Woakes.

Dawid Malan and Joe Root both scored half-centuries to help England finish Day 3 on a high note. On Day 4, both batsmen were anticipated to bat, but Australia’s pacers had other ideas as England’s batting lineup crumbled once more. Cameron Green claimed the opening wicket of the morning, removing Joe Root for 89 runs.

The next batter to fall was Dawid Malan, who became Nathan Lyon’s 4th Test victim. Australia’s Pat Cummins terminated Ben Stokes’ brief spell at the crease, while Josh Hazelwood dismissed Jos Buttler for 23 runs. Nathan Lyon took the wickets of Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood, while Cameron Green took the last wicket of Chris Woakes. Australia only needs 20 runs to win and take a 1-0 series lead.