Alex Carey made his List A cricket debut in a Ryobi Cup match against New South Wales on February 17, 2013 and was also brought into the Sheffield Shield side, making his first-class debut against the same opposition on February 19, 2013. In his initial cricketing days, Carey was a specialist batsman by design in grade cricket but had a dismal start to his dreams in the new sport. He played three Shield matches and averaged only 10.1 runs in six batting innings, so he was dropped from the side.
The 2015-16 season was a stellar one for Carey in Grade cricket and such was his impact that he got a call up for the Sheffield Shield later that season for the final rounds.He took 57 Sheffield Shield catches and two stumpings in 2016-17 and was in the selectors' thoughts entering the 2017-18 Ashes, only to be nipped out of a baggy green by the return of the older, wiser Tim Paine.
Carey started the 2017–18 season playing in the JLT Cup for South Australia, coming close to a maiden century when he scored 92 against Victoria in the elimination final as part of South Australia's fourth-biggest one-day partnership of all time, putting on 212 runs with Jake Weatherald.
Carey was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.4 crore at the auction prior to the 13th edition of the glitzy T20 league. The left-hander, who has scored heavily in the Big Bash League, generally bats in the middle or lower middle-order and will play a finisher’s role for his side during the IPL 2020.
Alex Carey made his ODI debut against England on 19 January 2018, replacing an ill Tim Paine in the XI. Howevere, he quickly replaced Paine for good in the ODI team and remarkably became vice-captain of both limited-overs teams in the aftermath of Australian cricket's cultural review, cementing his place for the 2019 ODI World Cup. He scored 375 runs from 10 matches and was Australia’s 4th highest run scorer during the World Cup, behind Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and David Warner.
Carey was also selected for the England series after the COVID-19 induced lockdown. He has become Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited overs setup.
On the back of some splendid performances in the domestic circuit Carey was selected for the Trans-Tasman series and made his T20I debut for Australia against New Zealand on 3 February 2018. In the first match, he fished two scalps behind the stumps, catching the nicks of Ross Taylor and Colin Munro. He came to bat when the Australian team was already home and therefore didn't face a ball but stayed notout. In his short T20 career, Carey has played 30 T20Is and become an integral part of the Australian side in the shortest format.
Before turning to Cricket, Alex Carey was a professional football player as well, playing Australian rules football. In fact, he was the captain of the Great Western Sydney Giants in a domestic league, however, he was left out of the league when they joined the Australian Football League in 2012 and thus Carey made the switch to cricket.