New Delhi: Australia’s wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey will lead the team in the first ODI against West Indies as full-time skipper Aaron Finch has been ruled out with an injury. Carey will take on the captaincy baton in the absence of vice-captain Pat Cummins. The wicket-keeper batsman will become the 26th Australian skipper in the 50-overs version.

Meanwhile, Australia had lost the five-match T20I series by 4-1 against the hosts and they will aim to turn the tables in the upcoming ODI series. All three matches will be played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Carey, who has impressed with his glovework and also batting skills, feels it will be an absolute honour to lead Australia in the upcoming series.

“To captain, Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and honour I am extremely thankful to receive. 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.”

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer showed confidence that Carey will do a fine job as a leader in his maiden captaincy assignment.

“The injury to Finchy gives Alex an opportunity for his first experience as a captain. I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job with the support of the other senior players,” Australia head coach Justin Langer stated.

The first ODI between Australia and West Indies will be played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.