Carbs keeps quiet on England fall-out

Michael Carberry. Picture: Robin Jones
Michael Carberry. Picture: Robin Jones
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Michael Carberry will not be affected by the ongoing fall-out from his England blast.

The Hampshire opener declined to talk to the media on the club’s press day to launch the new season, apparently to avoid more questions on his recent criticism of the England management.

Carberry, who was in the England Test team for the Ashes series in Australia, was critical of one-day boss Ashley Giles as he was overlooked for both the 50-over and t20 formats.

But skipper Jimmy Adams does not expect it to affect the gifted left-hander’s start to the new domestic season.

Adams said: ‘I don’t see it affecting him in what he does for us.

‘He’s got a great record for us in all forms and he’s a huge player for Hampshire.

‘There might be some added pressure there but that’s no different to any other player that is looking to push themselves into international cricket.

‘He is in a good space in terms of where his game is and I’m sure he’ll be one of our leading run-scorers.’

Adams feels sympathy for the batsman, who would surely have performed better than many of his rivals in England’s woeful World t20 showing.

But the skipper is worried it could affect his friend’s Test hopes.

Adams said: ‘I feel for Carbs. He speaks his mind and that’s one of his strengths.

‘Possibly you might question the timing of the interview but I’m certainly not a PR man.

‘He played the last Test match.

‘They have spoken about a new regime and starting again but there is no reason to think that Carbs won’t be there again.

‘I just hope what he said has not had any effect on that.

‘If Carbs felt he wanted to get something off his chest, then fine.

‘I can’t argue with what he said – I think he’s been harshly treated.

‘I’ve got no reason to think what Carbs has said isn’t right.’