Carberry ready to Bash county rivals

Michael Carberry shares a joke with Adam Wheater yesterday. Picture: Robin Jones
Michael Carberry shares a joke with Adam Wheater yesterday. Picture: Robin Jones
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Michael Carberry believes his Australian adventure will play into Hampshire hands this summer.

The powerful left-hander was one of the top performers in the Big Bash for his side Perth Scorchers as they stormed to the domestic t20 title Down Under.

Playing in something like the Big Bash – I think it’s got to improve you as a player

Michael Carberry

It’s a stark contrast to the previous winter when he was one of the only players to emerge with any credit from the England Test side that suffered a humiliating 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

But Carberry insists his more enjoyable stint in Australia this time around has rekindled his motivation and enjoyment for the game.

He said: ‘Playing in something like the Big Bash – I think it’s got to improve you as a player.

‘It was great to get exposure to a major tournament like that and I was impressed by the level of competition out there.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Scorchers – and winning obviously helps!

‘But I got my enjoyment back for playing the game and got my motivation back.

‘Now I’ve got maybe three or four years left in the game and I want to enjoy my time playing for Hampshire.

‘I’ve been here for nearly 10 years now but I still want to win things.

‘My career has taken a different shape.

‘I still enjoy playing four-day cricket and I’m still very passionate about it but the shorter form will probably open up more doors for me.

‘I still want to do well in the Championship and to win things with the guys. To do that, you’ve got to perform and score runs.’

While he is clearly capable of performing at the top level, Carberry admits his England days are behind him now.

Many believe he wasn’t given the extended chance he surely merited but the 34-year-old feels his age is against him in trying to get back into the ranks.

He said: ‘Realistically, I don’t think I am going to play again.

‘It’s disappointing but it’s something I have to live with.

‘It’s not official but I’m going into my 35th year.

‘The chat I had with England was that they were going for a younger team and I don’t fit into that bracket.

‘So I can put that in a glass bottle and push it off a cliff.

‘Playing cricket is the most important thing for me and I have not really done it that much with England.

‘When I have been picked, I have spent a lot of time on the bench, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me at this stage of my career.

‘But that’s the way it is.’