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Sussex sign Australia's Alex Carey for Vitality Blast

Alex Carey cuts loose Getty Images

Sussex have signed Alex Carey, the Australia wicketkeeper-batsman, for their Vitality Blast campaign. Carey will link up again with Jason Gillespie, his coach at Adelaide Strikers, for the tournament in England, which begins after the conclusion of the World Cup.

Carey is Australia's vice-captain and first-choice gloveman for the 50-over tournament, and has been capped 38 times in the white-ball formats since debuting in 2018. He helped Strikers to the 2017-18 Big Bash title and has experience of playing club cricket in England with East Grinstead.

"I'm very excited to get the opportunity to play with Sussex," he said. "I played for East Grinstead in the Sussex Premier League a few years ago and now to play for the Sharks in the Blast is super exciting.

"I've heard the fans are the best in the country and I can't wait to join Dizzy and the guys in July."

A pocket-rocket batsman and tidy keeper, Carey has a T20 career strike rate of 128.93 and scored his maiden hundred in the format last year. His arrival comes after Sussex allowed Michael Burgess, who kept wicket during the club's run to Blast Finals Day last season, to leave for Warwickshire.

"We're delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to Alex and excited for him to be linking up with us," Gillespie, Sussex's head coach, said. "He's been impressive opening the batting for the Strikers in the Big Bash and now he's getting experience in the middle order with Australia.

"He can certainly clear the ropes but he's also able to read and adapt to different conditions. That versatility will give us options on how best to utilise his batting in this year's Blast. Alex is also a world-class keeper so to have a player like him joining the Sharks is a real coup for the club.

"I know Alex well from the Adelaide Strikers and he knows Sussex well from his time playing league cricket in the county, so I've no doubt he'll fit in nicely in our dressing room."