Gooch: Carberry very much in Ashes frame

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England batting coach Graham Gooch has revealed that door for Michael Carberry to step into the Test side is very much open, after the Hampshire opener impressed during the first two warm up matches ahead of the Ashes.

England batting coach Graham Gooch has revealed that door for Michael Carberry to step into the Test side is very much open, after the Hampshire opener impressed during the first two warm up matches ahead of the Ashes.

Carberry made a fifty in the first game, followed by a big century in the second against Australia A, meaning he could well open the batting with Alastair Cook in Brisbane, thus dropping Joe Root down the order to six.

Gooch told <i>BBC Radio 5 live</i>: "Michael took his chance in the first game and we wanted to see a little more of him. He's done his chances no harm and Joe Root batted in the middle order when he started, so those options are open.

"Michael Carberry is 33 years of age, he was in the England set-up a few years ago and he had that illness which put a block on his career. He's got a second opportunity here and he's done very well. I don't think the team selection is finalised yet."

Carberry played one Test in 2010, against Bangladesh, and made his ODI debut this year. His limited overs career got off to a poor start, but he recovered well against Australia in later matches, and will hope his experience pays off again.

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