Australia includes Jimmy Pearson as a replacement for backup keeper Josh Inglis

Alex Carey is Australia’s first-choice keeper for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India and Ash’s five tests, and Inglis was selected as a backup.

But Inglis will return to Perth after the Ashes’ first test, which begins June 16, and his place before the second test at Lord’s will be taken by 30-year-old Queensland gloveman Pearson, who has 65 first-class games under his belt, reported Friday.

Australian team management said Inglis will return to the lineup later in the series.

Peirson, who has impressed at home and at the Australian A level with both bat and gloves, trained with the team for tests in Brisbane last week and may evaluate his chances of wearing the legendary baggy green uniform during the Ashes Series.

The lower-order right-handed batter has improved his game considerably in recent years, going from a batting average of less than 30 in his first 35 games in his first class to 42.56, including six tons in 30 games since the 2020-21 season.

He also scored 128 points for the Australian A team last year during his tour of Sri Lanka.

Pearson’s appearance in the Australian Test squad was partly delayed because Tim Paine was the longtime first-choice keeper and then Carey replaced the former captain, who resigned due to controversy before the 2021 Ashes home series.

Peirson said he was driven by a desire to set a higher standard for himself.

These guys (Carey and Inglis and others) set their standards, and I want to set my standard higher, and maybe bring a few other qualities to it, through leadership or whatever, Peirson said.

It’s great to have that kind of competition. It’s what makes you be the best you can be. If someone overtakes you, you want to be better than them. That’s certainly one of my main driving factors: I want to be the best, I want to be next.

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