New Delhi. Australia has set a target of 444 runs in front of Team India in the final of the World Test Championship. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey played an important inning of 66 not out in the second innings. He has scored a half-century for the first time against India in Test cricket. Australia declared in the second innings by scoring 270 runs for 8 wickets. The Kangaroo team had scored 469 runs in the first innings. In response, the Indian team could only score 296 runs. Talking about the history of Test cricket, the Indian team has scored more than 400 runs 3 times in the fourth innings. Out of this, the team won in one match and lost in one. One match was drawn. The team made the biggest score of 445 runs in the fourth innings against Australia in 1978 in Adelaide. India achieved a mammoth target of 403 against the West Indies in 1976 at their home. This is also the biggest successful run chase of Team India in Tests. Talking about overall Test history, 418 runs is the biggest successful run chase of any team. In such a situation, if Team India has to win the match, then the test history of 146 years playing since 1877 will have to be changed.
The final of the World Test Championship is being played at The Oval ground in England. The Indian team drew the match by scoring 429 runs in the fourth innings of the match here in 1979. That is, Rohit Sharma’s team will have to repeat the history of 44 years ago to do such a miracle again. If the match ends in a draw, both the teams will be declared joint winners. Few people know that 31-year-old Alex Carey mainly played football till 2012. He has also landed in the Australian Football League.
Came into cricket since 2012-13
Left-handed wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey took cricket seriously from 2012-13. After this, he was successful in getting South Australia’s contract in 2016-17, performing consistently well. In January 2018, he made his international debut in the ODI series against England. In February 2018, he also played his first T20 International match. He has so far scored more than 1600 runs in 64 ODIs with the help of a century and 7 half-centuries. At the same time, he has scored 233 runs in 38 T20 matches. 37 not out is the best performance.
In December 2021, he got a chance to make his Test debut. Before the finals of the World Test Championship, Alex Carey scored 689 runs in 25 innings of 19 Tests at an average of 31. Scored a century and 3 half-centuries. Even in the first innings of the final, Carey scored an excellent 48 runs. He has scored more than 3300 runs in first class cricket with the help of 6 centuries and 18 half-centuries. 143 runs is the best score. It is known that in 2003, West Indies had registered a thrilling victory against Australia by scoring 418 runs. In this match, Brian Lara scored 60 runs in the second innings. Apart from this, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 105 and Shivnarine Chanderpal scored 108 runs. Brett Lee took 4 wickets, but he could not win the Kangaroo team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 10, 2023, 18:49 IST