Carberry: I've always had a shorter rope playing for England

Romsey Advertiser: Michael Carberry Michael Carberry

England Test opener Michael Carberry has questioned the communication skills of those charged with running the side and claims he has been given a "shorter rope" than other players.

The Hampshire batsman was taken to Australia and played in all five disastrous Tests, ending as England's third-best run-scorer on the averages with a total of just over 28.

There was no sign of him for the subsequent one-day series, though, nor at the World Twenty20 which England have now exited in embarrassing fashion.

He claims he still wants to play for England in the future, even at 33 now, but does not necessarily feel he will get the chance.

Speaking specifically about Ashley Giles, England's one-day coach who hopes to replace Andy Flower in overall charge, Carberry said: "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."

Giles' stock seems to be falling by the day as a result of England's ongoing struggles and Carberry is disappointed not to have heard from him or any of the other team hierarchy since touching back down from Australia.

"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," he said when asked if there had been contact.

"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."

Carberry, in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, added: "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."

Away from Carberry, England have also been without Kevin Pietersen - his former Hampshire team-mate - after his international career was effectively ended.

"It's obvious that since the [Ashes] tour ended some very, very strange decisions have been made," Carberry said.

"It was a big surprise (Pietersen). 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."

England return to action on home soil in May, starting with an ODI against Scotland, but Carberry is not confident about being involved.

He added: "I've been in the game a long time and you know some guys get given a shorter rope than others. I'm probably going to be a bit controversial here but throughout my England career, even as a schoolboy, I've always had that shorter rope - for some reason."

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10:15am Tue 1 Apr 14

bigfella says...

Say ta raa to your England career Mr C, can't see you pulling an England top on again for daring to be truthful!

England loss will be our gain though, available for the entire season. Marvellous.

Ludicrous that one of the highest T20 runs scorers last season, and one of the most consistent run getters in that format wasn't even considered for the shambles that was the T20 world cup.
Say ta raa to your England career Mr C, can't see you pulling an England top on again for daring to be truthful! England loss will be our gain though, available for the entire season. Marvellous. Ludicrous that one of the highest T20 runs scorers last season, and one of the most consistent run getters in that format wasn't even considered for the shambles that was the T20 world cup. bigfella
  • Score: 9

10:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

Puddletown Saint says...

Totally agree with every word bigfella. Could well be Hants year - first XI?

Carbs, Adams, Dawson, Vince, Smith, Ervine, Wheater, Coles, Abbott, Briggs and Tommo. Balcombe to start the season. Maxwell will replace Smith whilst Wood will take over from Tommo for the blast. Sun has just come out.
Totally agree with every word bigfella. Could well be Hants year - first XI? Carbs, Adams, Dawson, Vince, Smith, Ervine, Wheater, Coles, Abbott, Briggs and Tommo. Balcombe to start the season. Maxwell will replace Smith whilst Wood will take over from Tommo for the blast. Sun has just come out. Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 3

11:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

deadbat says...

Carbs is the best 40/50 over batsman in the country bar none. He's also better than Lumb at T20. There's no question that he should have been playing for England in both those formats.

England had a disastrous winter and I put that down to lack of preparation. I would have had the whole team in the nets facing the bowling machine set to 90mph to replicate Mitchell Johnson from a wide angle (left arm round). I'd also have stuck a goofy puppet with a handlebar mustache on it.

England cricket stinks at the moment. Sack Giles Clark and get someone else in. Then get some decent managers / coaches in. This current crop just aren't good. Also we need a new test captain, again Cook isn't very good at the job.
Carbs is the best 40/50 over batsman in the country bar none. He's also better than Lumb at T20. There's no question that he should have been playing for England in both those formats. England had a disastrous winter and I put that down to lack of preparation. I would have had the whole team in the nets facing the bowling machine set to 90mph to replicate Mitchell Johnson from a wide angle (left arm round). I'd also have stuck a goofy puppet with a handlebar mustache on it. England cricket stinks at the moment. Sack Giles Clark and get someone else in. Then get some decent managers / coaches in. This current crop just aren't good. Also we need a new test captain, again Cook isn't very good at the job. deadbat
  • Score: 7

12:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Had he played for Middlesex or Surrey he would have been a shoe in
Had he played for Middlesex or Surrey he would have been a shoe in OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Tue 1 Apr 14

SaintJD says...

England's big problem is that the people at the very top like to try to show the public that cricket is a more complicated game than it actually is. So no doubt they will go with Ashley Giles to prove that they somehow know something we don't.

Problem is that I think it's the opposite. Basically, if you have flair and throw your wicket away trying to express yourself you get dropped and blamed, even if you are scoring big runs when you get in.

If you keep your head down and tow the line, following it up with mediocre but professional performances hanging around for ages scoring slowly not taking any risks you keep your place.

It's embarrassing. I think what the 20/20 has proven is that the players are having too much say in the decisions because they want a fun, calm team environment where nobody steps out of line and everyone is like a team robot and the coach is nice to be around and accepts defeats. That does not make a winning team.
England's big problem is that the people at the very top like to try to show the public that cricket is a more complicated game than it actually is. So no doubt they will go with Ashley Giles to prove that they somehow know something we don't. Problem is that I think it's the opposite. Basically, if you have flair and throw your wicket away trying to express yourself you get dropped and blamed, even if you are scoring big runs when you get in. If you keep your head down and tow the line, following it up with mediocre but professional performances hanging around for ages scoring slowly not taking any risks you keep your place. It's embarrassing. I think what the 20/20 has proven is that the players are having too much say in the decisions because they want a fun, calm team environment where nobody steps out of line and everyone is like a team robot and the coach is nice to be around and accepts defeats. That does not make a winning team. SaintJD
  • Score: 3

7:05pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Tye-Dye pt2 says...

Carb's, count yourself lucky mate do you really want to be part of the shambles that is the England cricket team at the moment? The best response to any alleged snubbing you feel has happened is to shine this season in all formats for us, your point will be well and truly proved.
Carb's, count yourself lucky mate do you really want to be part of the shambles that is the England cricket team at the moment? The best response to any alleged snubbing you feel has happened is to shine this season in all formats for us, your point will be well and truly proved. Tye-Dye pt2
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Red_Rock says...

Carbs biggest problem was that he didn't play at under 19 level for South Africa, Australia, Zimbabwe or indeed any Test playing country other than England. If he did he'd be a certain selection!
Carbs biggest problem was that he didn't play at under 19 level for South Africa, Australia, Zimbabwe or indeed any Test playing country other than England. If he did he'd be a certain selection! Red_Rock
  • Score: -1

11:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ripple says...

Below is a quote from the original aricle........unbeli
evable!!

Flights and accommodation for every wife or girlfriend of all the other England players were paid for as they were reunited for Christmas and the Melbourne Test. In another sign of managerial insensitivity, only Carberry's request that his mother be his invited guest was denied. "Apparently it's ECB policy. It's mainly for guys with their kids and when they have long-term partners or wives, and I have neither. But it would've been nice because my mum's never seen me play Test cricket. It would've been especially nice at the MCG, in front of 92,000 people, to see your son walk out. That doesn't happen too often in a lifetime. So it was disappointing."
Below is a quote from the original aricle........unbeli evable!! Flights and accommodation for every wife or girlfriend of all the other England players were paid for as they were reunited for Christmas and the Melbourne Test. In another sign of managerial insensitivity, only Carberry's request that his mother be his invited guest was denied. "Apparently it's ECB policy. It's mainly for guys with their kids and when they have long-term partners or wives, and I have neither. But it would've been nice because my mum's never seen me play Test cricket. It would've been especially nice at the MCG, in front of 92,000 people, to see your son walk out. That doesn't happen too often in a lifetime. So it was disappointing." ripple
  • Score: 3

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