Carbs ready for Ashes job

Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry
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Michael Carberry has been backed to grasp his Ashes opportunity.

The Hampshire batsman is in line to get the nod to open the England batting when the first Test starts tonight in Brisbane and win only his second Test cap.

And Hampshire director of cricket, Giles White, believes the powerful left-hander is an ideal role model for aspiring young cricketers after working his way back into the international fold after a three-year absence.

White said: ‘He has done fantastically well. He has waited a long time for this and hopefully he will take his opportunity.

‘There is no reason why he shouldn’t.

‘He looks like he is in good form and a good place at the moment. Hopefully, he gets that little bit of luck that you always need and makes the most of his opportunity. It is well deserved.

‘Since his Test debut, he was overlooked a couple of times and you felt the messages were that has time had come and gone.

‘But it’s a good lesson for young cricketers that if you keep doing the right things, you get your rewards.’

Carberry has shown great resilience to overcome illness and force his way back into the England set-up.

And White believes some life perspective and maturity have played their part, too.

He said: ‘It’s credit to Carbs for the way he has focused.

‘He takes things day to day and he has said himself about having a bit of perspective on life and cricket.

‘As you get older, you also see the bigger picture more clearly. You probably don’t put as much pressure on yourself as you do when you are younger.

‘I think all those things combined have helped him.’

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