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2 July 2021
Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey will lead Australia in the first ODI against West Indies after regular limited-overs captain Aaron Finch was ruled out.
The right-handed batsman had sustained a knee injury in the fifth T20I against the Caribbean side while batting and his availability would now be assessed on a "day to day basis,” Cricket Australia said in a release.
Carey said that he is honoured to lead the Aussie side in Finch’s absence.
"I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers," Carey said. "To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive,” he added.
"Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity."
Australia suffered a 1-4 defeat in the five-match T20I series and would look to turn the tables in the ODI fixtures. The three-match series is slated to begin on July 21 in Barbados and all the games will be played at the same venue.