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Carbs can make Test impact
7:10am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
MICHAEL Carberry can be England’s answer to Chris Rogers.
That is the view of Paul Terry, the man who signed Carberry for Hampshire back in 2006.
Carberry, pictured, was a surprise announcement in the recent England squad for this winter’s Ashes defence Down Under, with many pundits believing Somerset’s Nick Compton should have been selected instead.
But one man who wasn’t shocked was Terry, the long-time Hampshire opener and later team manager.
“I’m surprised that Michael Carberry was surprised that he got picked for the Ashes squad!” he quipped.
“I always believed his time would come again for Test cricket after being discarded following his Test debut in 2010 when he had some health issues.
“Michael has proved that he’s got the game to do well in Test cricket as he’s shown it year in and year out for Hampshire.
“He doesn’t need any advice from me because he can work it out for himself.”
Terry added: “Sometimes he tries too hard. If he can just relax and play his natural game then he will get more comfortable in the England set up.
“And if the selectors show faith in him that will give him added confidence. He did quite well in the one-day side against Australia recently and he’s had a good year in championship cricket so he deserves his chance.”
It’s been three and a half years since Carberry, 33 last month, made his England Test debut against Bangladesh.
But Carberry could come up against a man with a similar story to his in the Ashes.
“Chris Rogers was a late developer for Australia and Michael can be likewise for England,” said Terry.
Rogers, three years older than Carberry, made his Australian Test debut in January 2008 but had to wait five and a half years for his second chance.
That came in the first Test of last summer’s Ashes series in England, where Rogers knew the conditions well after run-filled spells with Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Middlesex.
Rogers went on to play in all five Ashes Tests, scoring 110 and 49 in the fourth Test and 84 in the third.
As a result, he was one of the few success stories from a miserable series overall for the Aussies.
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