Carberry gets one last chance to impress England

Michael Carberry during Hampshire Royals Clydesdale Bank 40 Final preview press call at The Ageas Bowl, Monday 10 September.'The Royals take on Warwickshire Bears at Lords this Saturday.' '
Michael Carberry during Hampshire Royals Clydesdale Bank 40 Final preview press call at The Ageas Bowl, Monday 10 September.'The Royals take on Warwickshire Bears at Lords this Saturday.' '
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Michael Carberry will endeavour to give the England selectors one final nudge as Hampshire bring the curtain down on their County Championship campaign at Derbyshire this week.

The batsman, who has one Test cap to his name, has been mentioned by leading cricket pundits as an ideal replacement for the retired Andrew Strauss for the winter tour to India.

And when someone like Shane Warne puts your name forward, other people listen.

While Carberry must wait for the ECB to make their decision and announce their squad, he admits he would be left frustrated if his career ended with just that one Test – on the tour of Bangladesh in March 2010 – to his name.

‘I haven’t heard anything,’ said the Hampshire left-hander.

‘But I haven’t had a lot of correspondence from England in the past two years about where I stand.

‘In those two years, a lot of good young players have come through.

‘England will probably be looking at all options and I’m also two years older than I was when I played.

‘So it’s give and take. Do you take a 32-year-old or not?

‘Hopefully they will, based on experience.

‘But whoever gets the nod, best of luck to them.

‘If it’s me who unfortunately misses out, then at least I can look back and say I have achieved something which I set out to do.

‘But if I’m brutally honest, there would always be a little element of frustration because I have felt over the past two years I have played some fantastic cricket for Hampshire and I’ve scored a lot of runs in that time.

‘I’ve had to make peace with a lot of things and one of those is I could only have one Test cap by the end of my career.

‘It’s a difficult pill to swallow but you learn to deal with these things.’

While the selectors may opt to turn their attentions to a younger batsman than the 32-year-old, they could do an awful lot worse than Carberry who has experience, ability and mental strength in abundance.

And while it’s hard for him to force anyone’s hand, a big score at Derbyshire in the final Championship clash would thrust his name even further into the spotlight for a possible Test recall.

Carberry said: ‘They are the ones who make the decisions – I don’t.

‘There has been a lot of speculation over the past few days and few weeks since a certain Mr Strauss decided to retire from the game.

‘I’m flattered that my name has come back around for that opening spot.

‘I’ve played pretty well in the past few years and kept my performances to a high standard, so I’m glad I’m back in that melting pot.’

While Hampshire’s hopes of promotion ended in the home defeat to Essex last week, their opponents are one of three sides who are fighting for two spots in the top flight – with Yorkshire and Kent also in the mix.

Hampshire, meanwhile, are also set to finalise their Champions League t20 squad for next month’s trip to South Africa – with speculating rising about the possible inclusion of both Shahid Afridi and Glenn Maxwell.