A "PERFECT day" is how star wicketkeeper Alex Carey has summed up the stunning team performance that helped the Adelaide Strikers win their first piece of Big Bash League silverware in front of 40,372 fans at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Carey had no time for a sore head on Monday morning as he made his way to Hobart to rejoin the Australian Twenty20 team alongside Strikers captain Travis Head but hinted celebrations went late into Sunday night as the players regrouped in the centre of the Oval to toast their 25-run triumph against the Hobart Hurricanes.
"We are up and about but I am sure most the boys have done enough partying for us," said Carey, who was released from Australian duties with Head and the Hurricanes' Darcy Short on Saturday.
"It was one of those games when all played well. We all did our roles. I guess it was the perfect day."
After leading the way on the field with a Strikers franchise record 115 off 70 deliveries, Carey told TripleM radio on Monday that man-of-the-match Jake Weatherald also led the victory celebrations off the field.
He said his opening partner's Big Bash form - which follows consecutive tons for the SA Redbacks against Western Australia in November - bodes well for the rest of the Sheffield Shield season.
"That was a sensational knock that," a still awe-struck Carey said.
"It's been brewing that innings. Out of the last four hits he's had he's made two 50s and a 100. He's in some good form which is great news heading into the back half of the Shield season."
Carey was bowled by Jofra Archer for 18 after a good start with the bat but continued his stellar Big Bash League series by helping to run out direct opponent Matthew Wade for a diamond duck.
"I think he was a bit dirty too," Carey said, after cameras caught Wade slamming his bat into his seat in what was a dirty day for the Hurricanes star after hitting 71 in the semi-final.
"He gets a lot of those run-outs so it was taking a leaf out of his book."
Carey and Head are expected to back up for Australia against England in the second game of the Twenty20 Tri-Series at Hobart's Blundstone Arena on Wednesday.