MICHAEL CARBERRY endured a day of mixed emotions as he made his return to the England set-up.
The Hampshire opener was named in returning coach Peter Moore’s first XI for the T20 clash with world champions Sri Lanka at The Oval last night.
But while his Ageas Bowl team-mates looked to return back to the top of County Championship division two by seizing the initiative on day three at Leicestershire, Carberry had a Three Lions recall to forget as Sri Lanka defeated England by nine runs.
With the bat, the opener was out for just seven after skewering a catch down to Nuwan Kulasekara at third man off Angelo Mathews.
Meanwhile, in the field, a mix-up between him and Eoin Morgan denied England the wicket of Thisara Perera (49) when he was on 20, as the tourists set a total of 183 for seven off their 20 overs.
Carberry’s opening partner Alex Hales (66) top-scored for the hosts, who only managed 174 for seven.
At Grace Road there was better news, however, as Matt Coles’ unbeaten half century put Hampshire in control.
On occasions, the visitors appeared to be heading for a sizeable second-innings total, only to lose wickets in quick succession.
But an unbroken stand of 46 for the ninth wicket between Coles and Danny Briggs, before bad light brought play to an early halt, could prove decisive as Hampshire finished on 306 for eight.
That gives them a lead of 342 after the hosts failed to add to their overnight first-innings score of 296, after Charlie Shreck held out for just two balls before an attempted heave off James Tomlinson produced an edge to keeper Michael Bates