Former Hampshire captain Shane Warne has led the messages of support for Michael Carberry following the batsman’s cancer diagnosis.
The 35-year-old, who played six tests for England between 2010 and 2014, was found to have a cancerous tumour following tests with a specialist earlier this week after a period of feeling unwell.
He will undergo further tests before a course of treatment is decided, but the well-wishes are already pouring in from all around the game.
Former Australian great Warne, who captained Carberry at the Rose Bowl, said on Twitter: “Just heard the terrible news re my great friend @carbs646 thinking of you buddy & am here for you as is the whole cricket family !”
Fresh from spearheading England’s attack in the opening Investec Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, Stuart Broad said: “Thinking of you @carbs646,” while former England team-mate Ian Bell added: “Absolutely gutted mate. Thinking of you @carbs646. Get well soon buddy. #cricketfamily.”
Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick also took to Twitter to say: “Thinking of @carbs464 right now. get well soon bud were all behind you.”
Former Durham and England bowler Steve Harmison added: “Why does it always happen to the good guys!! Good luck @carbs646 with the road ahead!!”
It is not the first time that Carberry has been diagnosed with a serious illness, after suffering from blood clots on his lungs in 2010.
He recovered from that, though needs to take medication to control the problem, and went on to play for England in all forms of the game.
Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove is backing him to win another fight.
Bransgrove said: “Michael has been part of the Hampshire Cricket family for 10 years and on behalf of everyone at and associated with the club, I would like to send him and his family our very best wishes at this very difficult time.
“Carbs has taken on and beaten serious illness before and we will be doing all we can to make sure he does the same again this time.”
The left-hander, who last played for Hampshire in a Twenty20 game last Friday, featured in six Tests for England, five of them in the ill-fated 2013-14 Ashes tour, where he was the stand-out performer for Alastair Cook’s side in a chastening 5-0 loss.
Despite that, he could not keep hold of his place in the Test side but was considered for the shorter formats of the game and played in both one-day internationals and a T20 international against Sri Lanka before falling out of the reckoning when new coach Trevor Bayliss took up the position.
A Hampshire statement read: “Following recent reports about his health and now that he has spoken fully to his family, friends and team-mates, Hampshire Cricket can confirm that after a brief period of feeling unwell, a specialist has determined that Michael Carberry has a tumour that is cancerous.
“Further tests will be undertaken before the relevant treatment commences.”