Carberry deflects England talk

Michael Carberry. Hampshire v Lancashire. Friends Life t20 quarter-final. Ageas Bowl. Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry. Hampshire v Lancashire. Friends Life t20 quarter-final. Ageas Bowl. Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Michael Carberry shrugged off the clamour for his England inclusion and insisted: All that can wait.

The Royals batsman should seal his place as the leading runscorer in this year’s Friends Life t20 tournament, if he makes more than 21 runs tomorrow.

Currently on 496, that will take him past the 500-run barrier and beyond Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter (517) to the top of the standings – strengthening his case for England selection.

While pundits, neutrals and respected cricket commentators believe the left-hander deserves international recognition for his outstanding form in limited-overs cricket this season, Carberry remains cautious on his selection hopes ahead of the forthcoming one-day international series against Australia, which includes a t20 clash at the Ageas Bowl (August 29).

He said: ‘I haven’t really thought about it.

‘I’ve just gone about my business quietly this year and Hampshire has been – and still is – my main focus.

‘I’m not really paying too much attention to things in the crowd, it’s about watching the white ball coming towards me and trying to put bat to it as much as possible.

‘I don’t know a cricketer alive who doesn’t like compliments but I think it’s a reflection of how you’re playing.

‘The fact the crowd, commentators and journalists have been complimentary of the way I’ve played gives me a lot of satisfaction because I feel as though I’ve done what I’ve wanted to do, which is to go out and entertain.’

Carberry added: ‘I’m really looking forward to finals day.

‘It’s been a pretty good campaign for us and being in another finals day is a great achievement for the lads.

‘But it’s now just simply about playing your two best games of cricket and that’s really what it boils down to.’