MICHAEL CARBERRY held his hands up to the rest of the Hampshire team for what he called ‘the poorest bit of cricket of his life’ as he squandered a great opportunity to make a big century at Headingley
The left-hander played a fine knock to reach 97 but then undid so much of his good work with an ill-judged attempt at a boundary to bring up his hundred.
He (Carberry) wanted to speak to the team. He said it wasn’t good enough and was the poorest bit of cricket of his lifeDale Benkenstein
After sweeping Adil Rashid straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara on the mid-wicket boundary, Sean Ervine (48), Gareth Berg and Andre Adams all followed soon afterwards to leave Hampshire staring at a sizeable first-innings deficit as the visitors closed on 223 for eight in reply to Yorkshire’s 370 all out.
But Carberry then took it upon himself to address his team-mates in the dressing room – something that coach Dale Benkenstein appreciated.
Benkenstein said: ‘He (Carberry) wanted to speak to the team. He said it wasn’t good enough and was the poorest bit of cricket of his life.
‘It’s something we have spoken about a lot as team. Players have got themselves in and haven’t converted that into a big score and he felt very disappointed in himself.
‘He is one guy who sets high standards for the team and for himself and I take my hat off to him because it helps my job massively when people take responsibility like that.
‘He wanted to make it clear that it isn’t good enough.
‘If it was someone else, he would have been unhappy with him.
‘So he wanted to let people know that it isn’t good enough for anybody.
‘It’s not that one wicket but one wicket ends up being four wickets by that one bad decision and he understood that.
‘All the hard work had been done and then we let them back in by a poor bit of cricket.
‘He just wanted to make sure to say it to everyone else because he makes mistakes like everyone and he is man enough to say it.
‘But it was fantastic that he took it upon himself to stand up and say that.’
It appeared Carberry was trying to bring up three figures with a flourish but Ervine then followed in quick succession to give the home side the advantage going into day three.
Benkenstein said: ‘You’ve got to do what the team needs and not what you want to do – that’s why it’s a team game.
‘He (Carberry) was trying to hit it in the gap but if there is a slight chance that you might get out, then it’s not the right decision.
‘We are always finding ourselves with our backs against the wall.
‘Our guys will always fight but the problem is that if you are fighting all the time, you are on the wrong side of the game.
‘We can’t be in these positions all the time.’