Cricket Australia has confirmed that Jimmy Peirson will be joining the Australian squad during the Ashes series as a temporary replacement for Josh Inglis. Inglis, who serves as the backup wicketkeeper in the team behind first-choice Alex Carey, is set to leave for Perth on paternity leave after the opening Test at Edgbaston. Peirson, the 30-year-old wicketkeeper from Queensland, will join the squad ahead of the Lord’s Test, while Inglis will rejoin the team later in the series.
Peirson’s selection comes as a result of his impressive performances in domestic cricket, particularly in the Sheffield Shield over the past three seasons. With over 3000 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 34.75, including six centuries, Peirson has consistently displayed his batting prowess. He further showcased his abilities during a match for Australia A in Sri Lanka, where he scored an unbeaten 128 to help chase down a challenging total of 370 in Hambantota.
The addition of Peirson to the squad provides depth in the wicketkeeping department and ensures that Australia has suitable cover in Inglis’ absence. The upcoming Ashes series is set to commence on June 16, with the fifth and final Test scheduled for July 27. However, prior to the Ashes, Australia will also face India in the highly-anticipated World Test Championship final at The Oval from June 7 to 11.
Peirson’s inclusion reflects Cricket Australia’s commitment to maintaining a strong and balanced squad as they face formidable challenges in both the World Test Championship and the Ashes. The 30-year-old’s impressive domestic record and recent success with Australia A make him a valuable addition to the team, and his contributions will be eagerly anticipated as Australia aims for success in the upcoming series.