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Carberry backed for England recall
SOHAIL Tanvir believes Michael Carberry should be playing for England in all formats. Hampshire’s overseas player has seen Carberry hit centuries in the LV County Championship and the Friends Life t20 during his stint with the county.
He believes the 32-year-old deserves an England recall more than three years after his solitary Test appearance, against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
“I’m really surprised that Carbs isn’t playing because he can play for England in any format, in the longer version as well as one-day and T20,” said Tanvir, who has played for Pakistan in all formats.
“Carbs is ready; actions speak louder than words and he’s shown he deserves a chance.”
With Joe Root and Nick Compton not convincing as Alastair Cook’s opening partner over the last 12 months, Tanvir believes Carberry should tour Australia this winter.
“The Ashes is a pressure game and making a comeback is always difficult but he knows how to build an innings and apply his talent, he’s mature enough and should be given a chance to prove himself,” he added.
Tanvir also believes other Hampshire players will join their county teammate Danny Briggs in the England set-up.
Briggs, Carberry and James Vince are all in the Lions squad that plays three one-day matches against Bangladesh A next week.
And England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles saw Vince and Chris Wood star in Hampshire’s 30-run YB40 win against Essex on Sunday.
Tanvir continued: “Vincey is young and has a long way to go but he and Woody should concentrate on their worth as an all-rounder.
“If Vincey focuses more on his bowling he can be a very useful shorter format all-rounder.
“In t20 or one-day cricket the captain or coach definitely thinks about the batsman who can bowl three or four overs. The same goes for Woody, he’s bowling all right and is batting well.
“They’re both very talented and if they carry on like this they will be part of England’s future.”
Tanvir will play his penultimate YB40 game for Hampshire against Scotland this afternoon as he joins his Pakistan teammates in Zimbabwe after t20 Finals Day.
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