Carberry to 'keep nudging the selectors'

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Opening batsman Michael Carberry afforded the England selectors a timely reminder – on day two of the three-day tour fixture against the Western Australian Chairman's XI in Perth on Friday.

Opening batsman Michael Carberry afforded the England selectors a timely reminder – on day two of the three-day tour fixture against the Western Australian Chairman's XI in Perth on Friday.

The left-handed Carberry scored a fluid 78, which featured a dozen boundaries, in a total of 270 for two. Right-handers Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, meanwhile, moved to 77 not out and 64 not out respectively.

"I think there's still a long way to go. I was pretty upset to get out at 78 but obviously I'll try and put that right in the next innings. All you can do really is take your chances when they come and hopefully you'll keep nudging the selectors a little bit," said Carberry.

"We will see what happens when it comes to selecting the Test side. I will bat anywhere and I'd like to get the opportunity wherever it may be, whether it is at the top of the order or at number six."

The visiting bowlers were given a thorough workout by the hosts, who amassed a formidable 451 for declared on the back of the talented Chris Lynn's century and all of five half-centurions. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh was particularly fruitful, cherishing a quickfire 58 from 59 deliveries.

"You have to bear in mind that it's the guys' first competitive bowl out in the middle so it will take some time for them to hit their straps. There's obviously things to work on and we can put that right in the next game, but I'm mainly just looking forward to the batting and putting in some graft to make sure we're in good shape," concluded Carberry.

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