Sussex have signed Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey for their Vitality Blast campaign.

The left-hander has made 19 ODI and 19 T20I appearances for his country and will link up with Sussex after the World Cup, where he is the Aussies’ vice-captain.

He will stay for the duration of the T20 Blast.

Michael Burgess, who kept wicket throughout Sussex's march to last year's final, signed for Warwickshire last week.

Carey, 27, has starred in the Big Bash for Adelaide Strikers, the team coached by Sussex boss Jason Gillespie, scoring nearly 800 runs across the past two years.

He was his side’s leading run-scorer and second in the competition overall with 443 runs at a strike-rate of 141.53 as the Strikers won their inaugural Big Bash title in 2018.

Carey’s 14 dismissals also made him the most prolific ‘keeper in that year’s tournament. In total, he has 25 wicketkeeping dismissals from his 24 Big Bash appearances.

He said: “I’m very excited to get the opportunity to play with Sussex. I played for East Grinstead in the Sussex Premier League a few years ago and now to play for the Sharks in the Blast is super exciting.

“I’ve heard the fans are the best in the country and I can’t wait to join Dizzy and the guys in July.”