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The Ashes: Head salutes selfless Carey

Player-of-the-series Travis Head has saluted the performances of teammate and good friend Alex Carey during the Ashes and believes he has done enough to cement his place in the side.

The Australians had a new-look middle-order batting line-up heading into the Ashes with Head, Carey and Cameron Green coming into the side and the trio have all performed well.

Carey under the spotlight

The position of Carey has been under the spotlight the most with Australia having a number of quality wicketkeeper/batsmen waiting to step in should an opportunity arise.

However Head believes that Carey has done more than enough, particularly when scoring 49 crucial runs when the wickets were tumbling in second innings of the fifth Test.

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"All in all, he's had an exceptional series," Head said of Carey. "He's batted in some tricky situations, we take a lot of confidence from that.

"He showed moments throughout the series, how dangerous he could be at seven. He works extremely hard.

"I know he's disappointed that he let a couple chances go. I felt like he kept beautifully throughout the series and that (consistency) highlighted a couple of (erroneous) moments."

Green praise

Head also piled the praise on Green who has impressed with bat and ball and can now be called a genuine allrounder following his performances throughout the Ashes.

"To maybe be questioned a little bit throughout the series," Head added. "For a young guy, who hasn't played a hell of a lot of Test cricket and still not a hell of a lot of first-class cricket, to take that on board.

"Work on his game and get the results over the last three Tests just shows the character he is."

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