Hampshire Cricket History

??? for England
May 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
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We’ve discussed whether Carberry is the obvious candidate to replace Compton for the Ashes and it’s been revived with an article in the Portsmouth News today where in an interview, Shaun Udal  says he is in “fantastic form” adding “if they are going to pick a guy in form, then Carberry is the man”.

Now as I understand it, the whole rationale for introducing two divisions, covered wickets and four-days in the Championship was as nearly as possible to replicate Test Match conditions on which basis, anyone’s case to be selected for a Test (other than those with Central Contracts) is performances in the Championship.

We need to add a good innings for the England Lions recently but here are some facts:

In 2013 Michael Carberry has scored 122 Championship runs in 6 innings, average = 20.33

Excluding University matches, in 25 First-Class innings this year and last year (24 in the Championship one for the Lions), he has scored five fifties with a best of 84* v Leicestershire in April 2012. 18 times in those 25 innings he has been out for less than 30. His last century was v Warwickshire at the end of 2011.

I like Michael Carberry as a man and he’s a terrific limited-overs batsman who, on the basis of today at Lord’s could well play for England in that form, but increasingly I wonder whether people pay attention to what’s going on – or whether the Championship doesn’t really count for much.


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Like most of the Hants batsmen Carberry is too inconsistent to ever warrant Test selection, although as you say he must be close to one day consideration. Its bewildering how the form of batsmen like Adams, Carberry, Vince and Ervine fluctuates, there’s no semblance of reliability or consistency. It must be so frustrating for the coaches. Innings after innings the side has to find someone (this match, Dawson) to bail them out and get some sort of respectable score.

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