Carberry returns to England fold

Andover Advertiser: Michael Carberry has been included in England's Twenty20 and One Day International squads to face Sri Lanka Michael Carberry has been included in England's Twenty20 and One Day International squads to face Sri Lanka

England have welcomed Michael Carberry back into the fold as "life moves on" for both parties, despite the opener's outspoken remarks about his previous omission.

Carberry was never left out of a one-day international squad, merely not selected in the team in Australia after last winter's Ashes or then in a touring party to the West Indies which was effectively ICC World Twenty20 preparation in all but name.

It was nonetheless a surprise to many when the Hampshire batsman was named on Tuesday both in a 14-man ODI squad for the first three matches of five against Sri Lanka and a 13-strong list for a one-off Twenty20 - a format in which the 33-year-old is still uncapped.

Carberry is included alongside Ian Bell, a pivotal presence in England's 50-over and Test plans but not involved in Twenty20s since January 2011.

National selector James Whitaker announced squads also notable for the omission of established Twenty20 opener Michael Lumb, the inclusion of Moeen Ali only in the sprint format and seamers Harry Gurney and Tim Bresnan in both.

As for Carberry's ongoing presence, following a winter in which he opened with Alastair Cook throughout England's Ashes whitewash, Whitaker took issue with a suggestion which had gathered credence that the left-hander's time in international cricket might be up.

"I don't know where that came from," he said.

"He is still playing good-quality county cricket and has been involved in the England squads in the last 12 months and is very much a good player who we see contributing for England."

Carberry asked for "straight answers" when he queried two months ago whether he was still in the selectors' thoughts.

Whitaker, in situ then and the common denominator still in an otherwise much-changed management structure, insists all is forgotten - if there was ever an issue.

He said: "He aired his views.

"But life moves on - nobody's perfect. Certainly we are not, and he isn't - nobody is.

"What will count is his talent."

Carberry still has an opportunity then to keep pressing his claims in all formats - something which perhaps can no longer be said for Lumb, a year his fellow left-hander's senior.

There was no obvious consolation either for the Nottinghamshire batsman, in what Whitaker had to say.

He added: "Michael Lumb was unfortunate. We have gone in a different direction.

"We've brought back Ian Bell, who we hope can show his skill and experience at the top of the order - but of course, that will be decided by the captain.

"We believe he can complement the other players at the top of the order."

Bresnan has had a delayed start to the season, and has had his detractors of late.

Whitaker said: "He is enthusiastic and seems to be up for the next level of his career.

"He has lost some weight, has skills and experience - but like everyone else, he will have competition for places."

There was encouragement too for Bresnan's fellow Yorkshire seamer Liam Plunkett, who was widely-touted for a return but has missed out after last appearing for his country more than three years ago.

"He has made good progress, and if he carries on like this he will be talked about more and more," added Whitaker.

"It is great to see him playing well, and you have to pay compliments to [Yorkshire coaches] Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon because he looks a reinvigorated force.

"It is all about his state of mind. He is very relaxed; his bowling his terrific - and long may it continue."

Whitaker and colleagues have broadly come up with a conservative selection, following the drastic post-Ashes upheaval among the management and backroom staff.

"There's been a lot of changes in all sorts of positions in a quick period of time, a big turnover - so there is a danger sometimes we can accelerate things even more.

"We've just got to keep calm, keep logical and have a process in place that can develop the England team to the next stage."

He gave a predictable but glowing reference too for the men charged with overseeing England's new era - Peter Moores in his second tenure as head coach, his assistant Paul Farbrace and captain Cook.

"The great thing is that Peter Moores and Alastair Cook are showing huge amounts of enthusiasm to do it, and Paul Farbrace coming on board is a masterstroke.

"I've know Farby a long time - he's a top man who'll add a lot of knowledge to the management team.

"The attitude and character of the guys that are coming into the team will be important as well, because we sense we're going to have to build this team on more than just bat and ball but character and attitude."

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