An electrician with a point to prove
Barney Ronay, writing for the Guardian, believes that Michael Carberry, the England batsman who is also an electrician, boasts both the numbers and the skill set to shine in his first ever Ashes in Australia.
It is a mark of the gulf between county cricketers and the centrally contracted overclass that it is hard to imagine the batsmen Carberry will be hoping to appear alongside filling their pre-tour downtime in a similar way: Jonathan Trott moonlighting as a plumber, Ian Bell honing his skills as a roofer, Kevin Pietersen in chippy mode. But then of all England's Ashes tourists Carberry is perhaps the most striking. The joint oldest man on tour - albeit even at 33 still perhaps the fastest in a foot race - Carberry has yet to play an Ashes Test, or indeed any Test outside his sole appearance in Bangladesh in 2010. Despite this he is anything but an innocent. This is a cricketer who has scored 16,000 runs over 15 years for Surrey, Kent and Hampshire and who has in effect already had an entire career, even as he prepares to embark on his second life as an Ashes tourist.