Michael Carberry did his Test hopes no harm after impressing in England’s opening tour match and admitted: I’ve just got to keep nudging the selectors.
The Hampshire batsman, opening the batting alongside Joe Root in the absence of injured skipper Alastair Cook, hit 78 as England reached 270 for two at stumps in reply to Western Australia’s 451 for five declared.
On a good batting deck, Carberry was among a clutch of batsmen to cash in – including former Gosport Borough batsman Chris Lynn – who hit a century in the first innings for the home side in Perth.
Jonathan Trott (64 not out) and Ian Bell (77 not out) were also in good touch, as Root hit 36.
Carberry, who hit 12 fours in his knock, believes he simply has to make the most of his opportunities as he tries to force his way into the Test side for the forthcoming Ashes series Down Under.
He said: ‘All you can do really is take your chances when they come and hopefully you’ll keep nudging the selectors a little bit.
‘We’ll see what happens when it comes to selecting the Test side.
‘I think there’s still a long way to go. I was pretty upset to get out at 78 but, obviously, I’ll try to put that right in the next innings.’
While Carberry is more accustomed to opening the innings, he insists he is happy to bat elsewhere, with the number six spot potentially up for grabs if Cook partners Root at the top of the order.
Carberry added: ‘I’ll bat anywhere and I’d like to get the opportunity wherever it may be, whether it’s at the top or at number six.’
England trail by 181 runs after the WA Chairman’s XI declared, with only former Hampshire man, Chris Tremlett, failing to take a wicket.
‘You have to bear in mind that it’s the guys’ first competitive bowl out in the middle so it will take some time for them to hit their straps,’ said Carberry.
Meanwhile, tickets to the Test match at the Ageas Bowl between England and India, starting on July 27 next year, will go on general sale on Monday. Visit ageasbowl.com or telephone 0844 847 1863.