Carberry impresses amid England collapse

Hampshire's Michael Carberry scored 40 in England's first innings
Hampshire's Michael Carberry scored 40 in England's first innings
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HAMPSHIRE’S Michael Carberry made an impressive start to his return to the Test arena.

But the opener’s solid 40 at the Gabba in Brisbane wasn’t enough to prevent the tourists from giving Australia the upper hand on day two of the first Test.

With England taking the two early wickets to put an end to the Aussies’ first innings (295), Alistair Cook’s side had the chance to really stamp their authority on the game with a good batting performance.

However, they failed to do that as the wickets tumbled around them, with Cook the first to go for 13.

At lunch, England were 55 for two, and in the afternoon session the visitors’ collapsed dramatically, with the wicket of former Hampshire player Kevin Pietersen (18) sparking the loss of six wickets for just nine runs.

Top-scorer Carberry, who was back in the team following his only other appearance in Bangladesh in 2010, lost his wicket to a short ball from Mitchell Johnson, who finished his days work with figures of four for 61.

England were eventually bowled out for 136 - 159 runs behind Australia.

In their second innings, Michael Clarke’s side finished on 65 without loss, building up a lead of 224 at stumps on day two.