Carberry daydreams of England comeback

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Batsman Michael Carberry is hopeful a strong showing in domestic limited-overs level will be enough to earn him a recall to the England team, albeit in Twenty20 competition.

Batsman Michael Carberry is hopeful a strong showing in domestic limited-overs level will be enough to earn him a recall to the England team, albeit in Twenty20 competition.

Carberry, the recipient of a solitary Test match in 2010, has enjoyed a solid stretch of form for Hampshire in this year's Friends Life t20. Second only to Somerset's Craig Kieswetter, the left-handed Carberry has amassed 396 runs in 10 innings.

With a Twenty20 International series against Australia nearing, and the World Twenty20 set to take place in Bangladesh in 2014, Carberry is determined to find favour with the national selectors.

"That is maybe the route I'm looking to go down at this stage of my career. I didn't get a massive go at international level, which I've already stressed is a disappointment to me, but it is what it is and you've got to move on," he told <i>Sky Sports</i>.

"But I think T20 now has opened up a lot of doors for guys like myself who are performing well in domestic cricket. If you keep doing that your name gets around and I'm hoping that somewhere along the line I can get abroad, play some Twenty20 cricket and experience what it's like.

"You always have to remain slightly optimistic because that's what gets you out of bed every day but on the same token I'm not sitting here as a 23-year-old, I'm sitting here as nearly a 32-year-old."

The Friends Life t20 quarter-finalists, meanwhile, have been decided. Surrey will face Somerset at The Oval and Northants will take on Durham in Northampton on Wednesday, while Hampshire clash with Lancashire on Thursday. and Nottingham will challenge Essex on Friday.

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