Alex Keath celebrates after taking a catch for the Bushrangers in 2012.
Alex Keath celebrates after taking a catch for the Bushrangers in 2012. Robert Prezioso

Former first-class cricketer to debut for Crows

ADELAIDE coach Don Pyke has confirmed one-time state cricketer Alex Keath will make his AFL debut on Friday night.

Keath, who played first-class cricket for Victoria and for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League before abandoning his cricket dream, will play in the top-of-the-table clash against Geelong.

Keath, who was on the Gold Coast Suns' initial playing list in 2009, will come in for star defender Jake Lever (hamstring tightness).

After playing just seven first-class games for the Bushrangers and five for the Stars, Keath returned to footy in 2015 and was last year rookie-listed by the Crows.

"It's fantastic for Alex, the work he has done, and obviously the transition from cricket to footy," Pyke said.

"You can't take the smile off his face.

"It's exciting for him and he comes in on a big night for the footy club."

Star midfielder Rory Sloane (concussion) is expected to take on the Cats despite suffering a heavy knock in the win over Melbourne last week.

"We expect him to play," Pyke said.

"He has trained during the week, pulled up really well. He would have to go backwards from here to not play.

"He has passed the tests he needed to pass."

Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield, however, remains in doubt with a leg injury.

News Corp Australia

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