Sri Lanka in England, 2013-14 May 13, 2014

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

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  • G on May 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Carberry, Treadwell, Gurney, Bopara, Ali, Bresnan, Gurney...and they get paid to pick them.. amazing !!!

  • Nicholas on May 14, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @jackiethepen (post on May 14, 2014, 9:55 GMT): You've clearly missed my point, and I apologise for that because I think it's the confusing way I wrote that post you're referring to. It's such a delicate balance between grafting & power-hitting; ideally what I look for is pairings where one batsman plays the steady grafter & the other does the big power-hitting/high SR stuff. Do I think the likes of Cook/Bell/Trott etc. are/were talented in short-format cricket? = Yes of course I do! But would/do I feel comfortable two such players (who get lambasted on these threads for slow SR's) coming to the crease with circa 5 overs left and a big target left to chase or even a competitive one to set? = No, I wasn't/I'm not. I'd rather they [England] risk promoting Morgan/Buttler up at that stage & going for the kill with some faster SR's. Can't all be as cool as Dhoni in the IPL...

    A player like Thorpe/Trott is crucial at 3 or 4 in ODI's in my opinion. I miss them both, and see no replacements.

  • Jackie on May 14, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Real Nick must have missed the t20 games in Bangladesh because when the openers did get a slow start/got out early Giles did send in Morgan and Buttler up the order. Unfortunately the two finishers proved to be not adept at building an innings. Ali proved not adept at anything. Hence a big gap at 3 and 4. Lots of attention given to the openers but not where the games fell apart in the World cup.

  • Neil on May 14, 2014, 9:45 GMT


    But the batsmen fail time and time again to "do their job". There's a distinct lack of "hitters" down the order, which has cost England many, many games. How are they going to wag, with Jordan, Tredwell and Anderson bringing up the rear?

    It's a very weak side, which will only be saved by the shortcomings of the opposition bowling.

    Moores could've embraced change, but Moores seems even more cautious than Cook. Instead we are left with the same side that capitulated and embarrassed us all, and the signals are not there that England is to alter its "brand of cricket".

    Welcome back to the 90s...

  • Prithvi on May 14, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    finally no Dernbach n Luke Wright.......Lumb after his performance in west indies deserved another chance...funnily Moeen Ali was dropped frm ODI's that is where he did a better job compared to t20's he cleared looked one of the more promising batsmen....n i reckon Carberry's Hampshire teammate James Vince shld have been selected over Carberry....

  • Nicholas on May 14, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Why are people even mentioning the Ashes, when clearly these are the short format squads? The test squad has not been announced yet...

    @JG2704 (post on May 14, 2014, 5:06 GMT): Agreed - I'd much rather have bowlers that can bowl and batsmen that can bat, than a long tail full of 'so-called' all-rounders that rarely contribute enough with either. People here seem to forget that games can be won by the team which bowls better, even though cricket is labelled as "a batsman's game".

  • kunal on May 14, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    OH Dear where ia michael lumb luke wright shrilanka beat the hell of this team cook is not a oneday player

  • John on May 14, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    @neil99 on (May 13, 2014, 23:58 GMT) I'd prefer to see them play Gurney to Bresnan which would weaken the batting further but hopefully - judging by Bresnan's recentish form would improve the bowling. I'd rather have a group of reliable bowlers than all rounders who are inconsistent with both bat and ball. The long tail shouldn't matter if the batsmen do their jobs esp in shorter formats

  • Neil on May 13, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Soft underbelly? England are going nowhere fast in ODIs with a last 5 of Bopara, Bresnan, Jordan, Tredwell and Anderson. This is a very, very weak lower middle order and tail end.

    This is a very poor start. I can see another Ashes pounding ahead already.

  • John on May 13, 2014, 22:09 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 13, 2014, 16:19 GMT) They moved Jos and Eoin up the order vs Scotland. It didn't work out brilliantly but I hope they'll do it more often

    @Srikumar Narayan on (May 13, 2014, 12:37 GMT) Despite what some might say if we watched Ravi with both eyes we'd see he does a very useful job with the ball in many games. Quite often he is our most/2nd most economical bowler and often helps dry up the runs in the middle order. keep him batting at 7 where he is the last recognised batsman and therefore doesn't dry up the runs and that's a good selection. As a bowler I prefer him to Bres,Stokes and Woakes

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