Opening batsman Michael Carberry staked a claim for a Test berth, after scoring a fine 153 not out on day one of England's four-day tour fixture against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Wednesday.
Opening batsman Michael Carberry staked a claim for a Test berth, after scoring a fine 153 not out on day one of England's four-day tour fixture against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Captain Alastair Cook and Carberry were entirely dominant on Wednesday, amassing an unbroken 318-run stand, with the latter offering the selectors plenty of food for thought in a bid to gain Test selection ahead of the right-handed Joe Root.
"It was a really nice moment; to be here in the first place and then cap it off with a ton in my second game here, it's beyond my wildest dreams," Carberry told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.
"I'm very pleased and I hope it's the start of things to come. There is still another game to go and I still don't know what the management are thinking. I try to keep the tour very game-based. If I bat well then I give myself every chance."
"I don't think anyone is nailed on to play. I didn't come here thinking I was a reserve, I came to play and at the stage of my career I am at, I think that is right."
Wednesday promised far more than England's effort in last week's drawn three-day game against the Western Australian Chairman's XI, which brought a meagre first-innings total of 391 all out despite tons from middle-order pair Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott.
"We talked at length about guys in the top four getting in. It's key in these games, going into a new series, to try and take that on board. I got the chance and got in," concluded Carberry.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.