Carberry refuses to limit horizons
Michael Carberry will not be content with a Test debut this winter. The Hampshire opening batsman is determined to force his way into England’s limited-overs set-up too.
Carberry could make his five-day bow on the tour of Bangladesh, but will first have a chance to prove his worth in the shorter form of the game for England Lions.
The 29-year-old is in the United Arab Emirates with Andrew Gale’s squad for Twenty20 games against their hosts, Pakistan A and the senior England side.
The Lions then face three 50-over matches versus Pakistan A before Carberry, fellow batsman Ian Bell and reserve wicketkeeper Steven Davies join the Test party in Bangladesh.
Carberry, by no means a first-class specialist, has much to offer in the shorter forms of the game, having averaged 74 in last season’s Friends Provident Trophy and 47 in the NatWest Pro40.
And the left-handed batsman knows exactly what he has to do to force his way into the limited-overs reckoning.
“It’s about getting runs really, and in the way you get them as well in that form of the game” he told ecb.co.uk.
“I suppose I really need to go out there and display what I can do, whether it’s power hitting or being clever in the middle periods - trying to pick up the ones and twos.
“It depends on what role I’ve got in the team really when I play, what position I bat.
“Really, for me the way for me to force my way into the senior team at T20 level and one-day international level is just runs.”
Perhaps Carberry’s best chance to make an impression will come versus England in Abu Dhabi a week on Wednesday.
However, he is determined to approach that game, against many of his fellow Test tourists, the same as the Lions’ other seven encounters.
“Runs is runs, whether you get them against England or whoever, at the end of the day it all goes against your stats,” Carberry, born in Croydon, continued in his south London accent.
“It’s even better if you get it against England because the management is watching first-hand what you’re doing.
“I’m not going to make a conscious effort just to get runs against England alone, but it wouldn’t do you any harm if you do get runs against them as well.”