Big Bash League 2014-15 November 24, 2014

Carberry joins Perth Scorchers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Carberry, the Hampshire and England batsman, has joined Perth Scorchers for the Big Bash League.

A year ago, Carberry was opening the batting for England in the Ashes series where he played all five Tests but has since drifted out of the reckoning. He appeared briefly during the 2014 English season, playing the T20 against Sri Lanka and one ODI against the same opposition, but was dropped after that series.

Earlier this year, Carberry gave an outspoken interview to the Guardian where he was critical of the treatment he received from the England selectors following the Ashes when he was left out of the one-day series in Australia and not selected again while Ashley Giles was coach of the limited-overs set-up.

Peter Moores, who replaced Giles as coach at the start of the English season, gave Carberry a reprieve although it was short-lived and it appears his international days are now over but he is looking forward to experiencing the BBL.

"Justin Langer got in touch and said they'd love to have me on and I'm delighted and thrilled to get out there … it's a fantastic opportunity," he said. "I played there [Perth] last year, obviously, with the Test match and I thought it was very well supported by the English fans as well as the Aussies fans.

"I've always enjoyed Perth; I've been there a few times as a young player as well on training camps or playing club cricket. To be back again and to play as a home will be fantastic."

Langer said: "We've stuck to the formula of looking for senior professionals available for the full BBL campaign and Michael fits that bill perfectly.

"He's a dynamic top-order batsman, a cricket tragic - which we like - and a great athlete, so he ticks a lot of boxes for us. I'm incredibly happy with our squad and it's a great outcome for us that we've been able to replace Simon Katich in the top-order with someone of the calibre of Michael Carberry."

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