Michael Carberry is ready to grasp his unexpected latest opportunity with England after being named in their one-day and t20 squads.
The Hampshire batsman’s international future looked bleak when he criticised former coach Ashley Giles in the media after being left out of the one-day series in Australia and the world t20 squad.
Carberry, who played every Test match in the Ashes series last winter, felt there was a lack of communication over his non-selection in the limited overs sides and voiced his opinion.
But new boss Peter Moores made it clear he is a big part of the plans for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka, which starts next week, and the 33-year-old is eager to take his chance.
Carberry said: ‘I was a little bit surprised but I’m delighted to be in.
‘It wasn’t looking great from my point of view but since a change of regime. I’ve had quite a good chat with Peter Moores and the new selectors.
‘They have made it clear that I am still very much a part of things, which is good to know.
‘I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.
‘It’s all about perception. I know Pete is a very good man and what I said in the press wasn’t taken personally because it wasn’t meant to be personal at anyone.
‘I am very serious about my career – I always have been.
‘I have had to wait a long time to get my opportunities and if they don’t come around for something you haven’t done, you will vent that.
‘Thankfully, things were taken on board and communication lines have been fantastic since.
‘I’ve had calls from selectors to see how I’m going. I didn’t regret what I said. I’m a man’s man and I’m the kind of guy where I stand by what I believe – rightly or wrongly.
‘We are in a business where we have to take criticism as players or as an establishment.
‘So it’s water under the bridge.
‘Hopefully, we can all move forward.’
It certainly helps Carberry that Moores is now in charge of the England team having played for him before and the pair understand each other’s personalties.
Carberry added: ‘I have worked with Peter at England A level so I know the kind of guy he is.
‘He sees me as a part of things for England going forward. He has been open and honest with me.
‘He made it clear that I wasn’t on the scrapheap and I still have a big future with England, which is nice to hear.
‘I’m not exactly the youngest guy competing for a place so it’s nice to know there is a window for us guys over the age of 30.
‘If we are still doing our thing in the county game, we will be rewarded.
‘Thankfully, I am back and I have an opportunity to show what I can do.’
Meanwhile, Carberry is confident Hampshire can complete a Championship victory in their four-day clash with Glamorgan.
The Welsh club have a lead of just 64 runs with one second-innings wicket in hand going into the final day.
‘We’ve played really, really well to get into this position,’ said Carberry.
‘I’ve had to bat on a few day-four wickets in my time, which can do a bit.
‘But we have to go out and play positively to get over the line.’