The Ashes: Alex Carey picks perfect time for century in Marsh Cup clash for South Australia

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Alex Carey celebrates his ton.
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Alex Carey picked the perfect week to give Australian selectors a reminder of what he can do with the bat, blasting a Marsh Cup ton to underline his Ashes credentials.

Carey smashed 101 off just 93 balls to lead South Australia’s charge against Queensland at Adelaide Oval, pacing his side’s competitive total of 274.

The 30-year-old peeled off 14 fours and smashed potential Test teammate Marnus Labuschagne for a slog-sweep six during his knock, which will enhance his claim of a call-up for Australia’s Test opener against England in less than a fortnight’s time.

Carey is considered the frontrunner to replace Tim Paine as Australia’s Test wicketkeeper, with WA’s Josh Inglis also in the mix.

The South Australian’s score on Sunday will likely ease the minds of selectors following a dry spell with the bat. Before his century, Carey had failed to make a double-digit total in his previous six hits for his state across the Sheffield Shield and Marsh Cup.

Inglis hasn’t played a first-class game since he made 28 and 13 against Carey’s Redbacks all the way back in September, having travelled to the UAE as part of Australia’s successful T20 World Cup squad.

Carey combined with one-day debutant Henry Hunt (61) for a record-breaking 159-run opening stand for SA against Queensland.

Hunt was a last-minute call-up when the Redbacks’ top run-scorer Jake Weatherald failed a mandatory concussion test after a mishap while batting in the nets on Saturday.

Carey snared an early catch behind the stumps as Daniel Worrall took the scalp of Sam Heazlett, with the Bulls at one stage reduced to 3-38 and trouble in their run chase.

Carey claims the catch.
Camera IconCarey claims the catch. Credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images

But it was all Queensland from there, with former Test opener Matt Renshaw starring to earn Player of the Match honours and guide the visitors home.

Batting at No.4, Renshaw creamed an unbeaten 156 from just 109 balls - including five towering sixes - and shared in a 177-run stand for the fourth wicket that turned the match.

It was the former Test left-hander’s highest domestic one-day score.

- with AAP

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