Adelaide ace Carey understands IPL axing

BBL century-maker Alex Carey says he can understand why his IPL team Delhi let him go.
BBL century-maker Alex Carey says he can understand why his IPL team Delhi let him go.

Adelaide Strikers ace Alex Carey understands why he has been cut from his Indian Premier League franchise.

Carey was released by the Delhi Capitals a day before he plundered his latest BBL ton.

Carey's stunning 101 from 62 balls in Adelaide's win against Brisbane Heat on Thursday night evidenced the lefthander's short-format class.

He struck 10 fours and three sixes in the Strikers' 82-run triumph at Adelaide Oval, becoming the sixth batsmen to post two centuries in the BBL.

Carey, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch are among Australians released by their respective IPL franchises and will be up for grabs at next month's IPL auction.

Carey was the wicketkeeping understudy to India's Rishabh Pant at the Delhi Capitals last tournament.

The South Australian played just three games and accepts the reasoning behind his departure from the Ricky Ponting coached Delhi outfit.

"Not a surprise," Carey said after his match-winning BBL feats on Thursday night.

"Those things you get a bit of an inkling for.

"I didn't play a lot of (IPL) cricket ... it probably made sense to open that spot up for someone else.

"Hopefully there's an opportunity in this year's (auction) but I am really grateful for Delhi and Punter to pick me up in the first place."

Carey's immediate priority is leading Adelaide's late charge towards the BBL finals.

The Strikers rose from seventh to fourth with their win over the Heat and have two games remaining - both against fifth-placed Sydney Thunder - before the playoffs.

"We understand that the next two games are big ones," Carey said.

"It would be nice to win the next one and see where we're placed after that.

"We have struggled to get back-to-back wins so hopefully we can build a bit of momentum at the right end of this tournament."

Australian Associated Press