Michael Carberry believes his England days are now behind him as he made another compelling case for the selectors to have a serious rethink.
The Hampshire batsman hit a spectacular 87 not out in his side’s narrow six-run win over Sussex that books their place in the Natwest T20 Blast quarter-finals.
But as another England cast-off, Luke Wright, blasted a superb 116 not out for the visitors, those who saw the game will be wondering exactly how these two players are deemed surplus to requirements by those who pick the struggling international one-day team, and especially the t20 side.
Carberry, who publicly blasted the ECB over their man-management during the ill-fated winter tour to Australia, is certain his international career is over.
But while this performance suggested they have made a mistake, he believes the signals tell him he will not be selected again.
Carberry said: ‘I don’t want to say too much on the England thing.
‘I get a little bit fed up of talking about it.
‘I think they have made their decision. Personally, I think it’s pretty obvious.
‘Now it’s just a case of trying to enjoy what’s left of the season with Hampshire.
‘It’s been very disjointed for me at international level. I’ve been picked but I’ve not had much of a go at that level so now I’m just trying to crack on.
‘Hopefully, Hampshire finish the season well and we go from there.
‘I’ve only heard from them to tell me I was dropped from the Test squad.
‘But I wasn’t too surprised, to be honest.
‘I wish England well, I’ve said what I have to say at the start of the year - I made it very clear.
‘They’ve decided to go the route they have so I wish them all the best.
‘Now I just want to crack on and play my cricket.’
While Carberry was understandably reluctant to state his own case for an England recall, he was rather more vocal on Wright, who was almost a one-man team for Sussex.
Carberry said: ‘Lukey has proved what I already knew over the past four or five years, that he is a very high-class player.
‘He is one of those guys who should be in England’s one-day plans.
‘He plays the game how it should be played, he is a very dangerous customer to play against and I have been on the receiving end of his batting many times.
‘He is one of those guys that you want to see the back of very quickly.
‘We’ve been great mates over the best part of 10 years and I wish him the best in trying to get back in the England squad.’
Hampshire have been misfiring with the bat of late and Carberry admitted he felt under pressure to take on the mantle.
He said: ‘We haven’t really performed as a batting unit over the past few games.
‘We got away from what we do well so it was an important win.
‘We didn’t get off to a good start again but Jimmy Adams came in and played beautifully.
‘It took me a while to get going but once I got the hang of the pitch, I started timing it well.
‘But we needed someone to anchor the innings. Someone had to see it through and then I could drop a few bombs later on.’