Sport: Carey 'given nod' as Australia keeper but rain ruins Ashes build-up

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Alex Carey looks poised to replace Tim Paine as Australia's wicketkeeper for the Ashes against England and is set to make his Test debut, as more bad weather Wednesday wrecked preparations for both teams.

Alex Carey looks set to replace Tim Paine as Australian wicketkeeper © Randy Brooks Alex Carey looks set to replace Tim Paine as Australian wicketkeeper

Paine quit as Test captain and then last week stepped away from cricket over a text-message scandal, leaving selectors seeking an alternative ahead of the December 8 first Test.

Carey and fellow gloveman Josh Inglis were widely seen as in a showdown for the role and a decision was expected after a scheduled three-day intra-squad match featuring both of them in Brisbane.

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But day one was washed out on Wednesday and reports said Inglis had returned home to Perth.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the 30-year-old Carey had been "given the nod", sentiments echoed by broadcaster ABC, which said he was "expected to be named Australian wicketkeeper".

Carey has played limited-overs cricket for Australia, but never a Test match.

Inglis is set to return to Brisbane after his trip to see family -- but for an Australia A tour match rather than the first Test at the Gabba ground.

Persistent rain has badly hampered both teams' preparations for the five-Test series, with Australia also needing to decide between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head after incumbent number five Matthew Wade was axed from the squad.

The warm-up match had been billed as a chance for them to impress selectors.

England have also suffered from the weather with a three-day practice match washed out last week, bar 29 overs.

No play was possible on the opening day of their final four-day clash on Tuesday, and the rain again meant only an optional indoor session was possible on Wednesday.

Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed, along with spinner Dom Bess, are the only members of their Ashes party to have any match practice since the tour started.


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England head into the day-night second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Thursday under pressure and facing an ominous task against an Australian team who have won all of their eight pink-ball matches. Despite this, Cummins is confident of his team taking a 2-0 Ashes lead given Australia's unblemished pink-ball record at Adelaide and the thumping they handed England last week. "We're going to Adelaide, a place we love playing and the pink ball's a little bit different... there's a few more unknowns," he said. "But it's a format we really enjoy and Adelaide Oval's a great place to play cricket.

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