Carberry recalled for T20 and ODIs
Michael Carberry has been recalled to England's Twenty20 and ODI squads for the matches against Sri Lanka which begin next week. Tim Bresnan is also back in both squads, having missed the game against Scotland, but Moeen Ali only finds a place in the T20 outfit. The one-day squad has only been named for the first three matches of the series.
Carberry's return is the most notable selection in what are otherwise unremarkable squads with no new faces. In an interview with the Guardian earlier this season, Carberry came out with some hard-hitting remarks about how he had been treated during the limited-overs leg of the Australia tour, coached by Ashley Giles, when he claimed he was not given a clear answer about why he had not been selected.
He was dropped for the West Indies tour and the World T20 but Peter Moores and the selection panel, now including Mick Newell and Angus Fraser, have given him another opportunity. He could open in the T20 alongside Alex Hales - Michael Lumb has been dropped - although Ian Bell, who was called up to the squad in West Indies and went to the World T20, has been retained.
"He aired his views but life moves on, nobody's perfect, certainly we are not and he isn't, nobody is," James Whitaker, the national selector, said. "What will count is his talent. I don't think there was ever an issue."
If Carberry is to fit into the one-day side, it would need to be in the top three. He could either follow Cook and Bell or the selectors could consider splitting the current opening pair with Carberry
Carberry has yet to play a T20 international and has been limited to just five ODIs, which all came last summer against Ireland and Australia where he made 108 runs at 21.60. His return in these squads could indicate that the door is not closed to him continuing his Test career despite Sam Robson being the favourite to open alongside Cook in that format.
Whitaker indicated that ongoing concerns about Alex Hales' technique keeps him out of the one-day format. "He has obviously done well in T20 cricket but you have to balance that with certain techniques required in the longer form of one-day cricket," he said. "It does not discount him in the future and he will undoubtedly push his claim and I hope he does through the year. There is an important nine months to the World Cup.
"Carberry is there now to give us the option of using that style of play at the top. We've got a number of options and Alex will be one in the future."
From England's original World T20 squad, Luke Wright, Stephen Parry, Jade Dernbach along with Lumb are dropped, while Stuart Broad is unavailable and Craig Kieswetter, who was called up as a replacement, has not been included. In Broad's absence, Eoin Morgan will captain the one-off T20.
Moeen is the only player who was in the squad for the Scotland ODI (which became a T20) not included for the first three matches of this one-day series. With Carberry's recall and Gary Ballance in the side there is also a logjam for top-order places, but Moeen's record in West Indies - 109 runs in three innings - was a promising start. One explanation is that Moeen's absence will allow him to play a Championship match and get some more red-ball cricket under his belt before the Test squad is selected, where he is widely tipped to be the main spinner.
Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-armer who made his debut against Scotland, is included for both formats as is Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan. James Anderson will lead the ODI attack. Ben Stokes remains on the sidelines due to his hand injury and Steven Finn is not yet considered ready for a return to international cricket. Others who may have come close to selection include James Vince, the Hampshire batsman, and Liam Plunkett.
Twenty20 squad Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes
ODI squad (first three matches) Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo