Michael Carberry staked his claim for a starting place in England’s Ashes team yet again – then thanked former Hampshire team-mate Shane Warne for his part in his rise to prominence on the international scene.
The Ageas Bowl opener continued his impressive form Down Under by batting through the entire first day of England’s latest warm-up match against Australia A.
His 153 not out in the 318-0 opening stand with captain Alistair Cooke (154 not out) came hot on the heels of his impressive 78 knock against Western Australia last week.
It now puts him firmly in the frame to open the batting for the tourists in the opening Test match against their hosts at the Gabba on November 21.
But as Carberry now dares to think about adding to his solitary Test cap, he paid tribute to Australian ace Warne for giving him the confidence to fulfil his potential, following stints at Surrey and Kent.
‘I think Shane is basically the reason why I actually got a chance to play Test cricket,’ he said.
‘I was a young guy, a little bit lost in county cricket.
‘I came to Hampshire – and from day one he made me feel very much at home and gave me the backing every young player needs.
‘He allowed me to play a brand of cricket I wanted to play.
‘I think he was very influential in terms of me doing what I’ve done, then getting the chance to play for England a few years on.
‘He’s someone I still keep in contact with, even though he might be overseas.
‘He’s always been a great friend to me.’
Despite picking up the plaudits following two successful games at the top of the England order, Carberry admitted he remained committed to finishing the job off – and not having his head turned by a possible Test recall.
‘I’m trying not to look too far ahead,’ he said.
‘I’ll worry about the Gabba when I get there.
‘Thankfully, I’ve done it (batted all day) a few times in first-class cricket – so I’m not averse to doing it.
‘But, obviously, to do it for England is a very special moment.’