Hampshire Cricket History

OK Again but
December 26, 2013, 10:10 am
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Once again Michael Carberry made a reasonable fist of his difficult job but on 38 left alone a ball from former Hampshire player Shane Watson and off he went – one fifty in nine Test innings isn’t enough really and his Test record is very similar to Bairstow last summer when he was dropped after four Tests.

Meanwhile Hampshire have signed Joe Gatting from Sussex. He tended to play mostly limited overs stuff down there but I hope the arrival of Gatting and Smith won’t limit Terry’s opportunities. Giles White suggested they needed to cover Carberry’s likely selection for England through the summer, but given that he’s doing ok but no more, and given his age, I wonder whether England will look to rebuild with younger players.

The sudden retirement of Swann has merely confirmed that Danny Briggs is not yet close to Test Match selection – despite the lack of quality spinners in county cricket. There is an issue around Swann’s departure which I have not seen raised in all the media comments – he follows Trescothick and Trott in leaving a tour before the conclusion. I’m not seeking to condemn that, but it’s interesting that Kallis and Tendulkar have recently brought their careers to a close at the conclusion of a series. It may well be that international cricket is increasingly stressful and demanding and I have expressed sympathy with Trescothick and Trott previously but why is it only English players that seem unable to complete tours? Whatever the reason, it’s certainly nothing to do with county cricket, as those guys hardly ever play it.


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Whereas I agree Carberry hasn’t been a great success the difference between him and Bairstow when the latter was dropped last summer is of course that no other English batsman is scoring runs in this series. Indeed Carberry was the first English player to reach 200 runs in the series earlier today – not that that is much to boast about!

As for Swann I think his decision to cut and run mid tour is incredibly selfish and will do his long-term reputation no good at all. I wonder if there is more to it than has been reported though? I suspect his criticism of certain players is indeed aimed at the current England dressing room despite the hasty denial – probably after he was quickly reminded he was still on contract!

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