Carberry lets rip at ECB lack of communication

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England opening batsman Michael Carberry has given an interview with rarely-seen honesty, saying he feels let down by coach Ashley Giles and has little faith that he'll play for England again.

England opening batsman Michael Carberry has given an interview with rarely-seen honesty, saying he feels let down by coach Ashley Giles and has little faith that he'll play for England again.

The Hampshire batsman played in all five of England's Ashes defeats in Australia, averaging just over 28 and top-scoring with 60, but was not part of the limited overs side. He was also not part of the disastrous World Twenty20 campaign.

He let rip at the ECB, especially potential head coach Giles, saying when he asked about his future, he was brushed off, and has not heard from any of the coaches or staff since touching down in England months ago.

Carberry told the Guardian of his prospects: "It's that age-old word, man-management. I had a brief chat with Ashley during the fifth ODI in Adelaide. His response was that he didn't really know. If you don't know mate, I sure as hell won't know."

When asked if he'd heard from any of the top brass since returning to England, Carberry said: "No. Nothing – which is disappointing but it's the way they tend to do things.

"I don't think it's me alone saying this sort of thing. There have been players before me and players now who have felt the same thing.

"Leaving Adelaide after our brief chat I've got to be honest, it didn't fill me with a great deal of optimism. I feel that this is a question he should have answered.

"And, OK, if it's not him answering, it should be one of the selectors. But that's the way England like to do things. It disappoints me because I'm quite an approachable guy.

"I'm sitting here disappointed I'm not involved in the one-day set-up. I seem to have been left out for some unknown reason. I don't think it's a cricket reason because my one-day stats speak for themselves over the last few seasons.

"So I'm disappointed the selectors haven't fronted up and spoken to me."

Carberry also voiced his opinion that the sacking of Kevin Pietersen was a shock to him and most of the team, saying: "It's obvious that since the [Ashes] tour ended some very, very strange decisions have been made.

"It was a big surprise. I don't think anyone saw that coming. Through the tour, certainly, Kev was very helpful to me. Over the years Kev, as one of the greats of the game, has always been very helpful in talking about the mental side.

"In England's position you want to retain that knowledge as much as you can. You hope he will still be around the county game for the benefit of the next generation."

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