Josh Inglis becomes Australia’s Test wicketkeeper after Tim Paine hangs the shoe, predicts Shane Warne

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Despite Josh Inglis not yet making it to an Australian squad, Shane Warne has predicted that the wicketkeeper would replace batsman Tim Paine in the near future. However, Adam Gilchrist assumed it would be a two-way fight between Inglis and Alex Carey on the test crew going forward.

In the recent past, Western Australian wicketkeeper batsman Josh Inglis has certainly shown that he has the caliber to be part of the Australian limited-overs setup. However, management’s continued confidence in the likes of Matthew Wade and Alex Carey has prevented the right-hander from potentially making his national debut.

Despite not yet being called up to any of the Australian squad, former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has predicted the 26-year-old would be the national team’s Test wicketkeeper for the longest time after current skipper Tim Paine hangs his boot on.

“He’s definitely going to play for Australia… I think he’ll be the (Test) goalkeeper batsman after Tim Paine,” Warne told UK radio station SEN today.

Warne attributed Inglis’ skills to the stick, stating that his movement both behind the stumps and at the crease would certainly give him an edge over the other contenders for the coveted position in Australian cricket.

“He’s very clean behind the stumps, very soft hands and a good mover behind the stumps. With the bat, he’s one of those new modern 360 (degree) players. He’s got every shot – he’s got the slope, the reverse slopes and he also has the traditional normal shots,” he added.

The former leg spinner also insisted that his thirst for knowledge coupled with his consistent display would certainly get him into the national team battle very quickly.

“He is very excited and hungry for knowledge. He is very, very impressive and I think he will represent Australia very, very soon.”

However, former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist had a different opinion. Gilchrist insisted that Alex Carey, who recently skippered the national team, would be the main contender to replace Paine in the future in the absence of Aaron Finch.

“He (Carey) has been pinned down as a potential leader from the moment he entered cricket circles and the back of that journey came out of AFL. Everyone had to be patient as the cricket side of it – the skills and the results – were caught in the knowledge of the leadership potential (but) he certainly fulfills that,” Gilchrist told SEN.

Gilchrist also pointed to Carey’s leadership qualities, which he believes will help the South Australian wicketkeeper tip him over Inglis, who is in glowing form at all sizes.

“It comes down to more than just leadership. Josh Inglis has been outstanding in all competitions – Sheffield Shield, Big Bash, and he’s making his way in England right now. So he’s a man who will compete with Alex Carey for that number seven goalkeeper batsman position from the moment Tim Paine leaves the stage.

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