Carey set to start at the Gabba

Alex Carey has been selected as the man to replace Tim Paine behind the stumps for the start of the Ashes series.

The announcement comes just days after the 30 year old scored an impressive 101 off 93 balls in the Redbacks Marsh One Day Cup clash with the Bulls.

He won the race to replace Paine ahead of West Australian Josh Inglis, who has been away touring with the team for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

Over the past three seasons in the Sheffield Shield, the left hander has been a consistent run scorer averaging 59.64, scoring four centuries.

The first Test of the Ashes series gets underway on Wednesday at the Gabba.

Meanwhile, reports suggest Travis Head has won the race to number five in the batting order over Usman Khawaja while Mitchell Starc will play despite a push for West Aussie Jhye Richardson to play in Brisbane.

IMAGE: News.com.au

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