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Carberry hails his and Cook's heroics

We spoke to Michael Carberry at the close of play following his 153 not out

Michael Carberry reflected on a “great day” after he and Alastair Cook hit unbeaten hundreds while sharing an emphatic stand of 318 versus Australia A at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.

Carberry responded to being chosen to open ahead of Joe Root, who dropped down to the middle order, with his first England century.

He ended day one of four with 153, one less than Cook who had won the toss on a bright morning, as an England duo batted throughout a day for the first time since 1998.

Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, Carberry said: “It was a great day for us. We stuck to the process very, very well, me and Cookie.

 

“We didn’t get bored at any stage, which at certain stages when the wicket was very flat and not a lot happening it’s easy to start trying to up the ante. But I think we stuck to our game plan very, very well.”

The first-wicket pair had to overcome dangerous seam movement in the early stages, and took full advantage of doing so in a way that bodes well for the tourists’ batting in the Ashes.

“We set our stalls out as a batting unit to get first-innings runs and (I’m) very, very pleased it went to plan today,” Carberry explained.

“I thought we had to overcome some difficult times for the first hour or so and I think (the) Aussie A boys bowled really well and it was doing a bit, but I thought we used our experience well to get through that and obviously cashed in through the day.”

Carberry, whose sole Test cap was against Bangladesh during March 2010, exploited his experience of playing in similar conditions for Hampshire.

“It’s the only thing I really can pull on, I guess,” he said.

“I don’t have a great wealth of Test experience, like Alastair, but I do obviously have a good knowledge in terms of first-class cricket and playing the moving ball back home.

“I just tried to use that and obviously knowing my role, which was just trying to get through the new ball. I knew it would get easier at the back end during the day.”

Carberry’s ton extended his fine form that started with him making 78 in his one innings versus a Western Australia Chairman’s XI last week.

Regardless of his runs, the 33-year-old is feeling at home among his fellow tourists.

“Without the runs, I’ve felt pretty much part of the set-up since I’ve been back,” he added.

“The senior players - credit to them - they’ve made all the new guys feel very much a part of the squad with or without the runs.

“Personally, you want to win the hearts of your team-mates so performances like this obviously help and it’s great for us going forward.”

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