England news April 1, 2014

Carberry questions Giles and selectors

ESPNcricinfo staff

England opener Michael Carberry has questioned the man-management skills of coach Ashley Giles and expressed surprise at England's decision to end Kevin Pietersen's international career, declaring Pietersen had been "very helpful" on the Ashes tour.

Pietersen and Carberry were England's two leading run scorers during their disastrous Ashes series in Australia but by February Pietersen was gone from England's future plans and Carberry was unsure where he himself fitted in. Carberry was ignored by the England selectors throughout the ODI series that followed the Ashes and he said Giles, the limited-overs coach, had not shed any light on why that was the case.

"I had a brief chat with Ashley Giles during the fifth ODI in Adelaide and his response was that he didn't really know," Carberry said in an interview with the Guardian. "If you don't know, mate, I sure as hell won't know.

"It's that age-old word: man-management. I've accepted over my short and breezy England career that that's the way the selectors tend to do things. I wouldn't say I've been in the loop when it comes to why I've been left out. I've had to try and work it out for myself which, again, is disappointing."

Despite being one of England's more solid performers during the Ashes defeat, Carberry said that response from Giles left him wondering about his international future in all forms of the game, especially if Giles is named as Andy Flower's replacement as Test coach.

"Leaving Adelaide after our brief chat I've got to be honest, it didn't fill me with a great deal of optimism," Carberry said. "I feel that this is a question he should have answered. And, okay, if it's not him answering, it should be one of the selectors. But that's the way England like to do things. It disappoints me because I'm quite an approachable guy. Maybe I'm a bit straight-talking but it's the best way to be in this world - say what's on your mind."

Carberry said that "some very, very strange decisions have been made" since the tour of Australia, not least the ending of Pietersen's England career despite him being the team's leading run getter in the Ashes. As a 33-year-old trying to make a success of his second chance in the Test side, Carberry said he benefited from Pietersen's advice on the mental side of the game during the Ashes tour.

"It was a big surprise because I don't think anyone saw that coming," Carberry said. "Through the tour, certainly, Kev was very helpful to me. Over the years Kev, as one of the greats of the game, has always been very helpful in talking about the mental side. In England's position you want to retain that knowledge as much as you can. You hope he will still be around the county game for the benefit of the next generation."

Carberry also said he felt he received better feedback from the Australians than he had from within the England camp. "I've played against enough Australians to know they're very cagey with their compliments," he said, "so I must have shown a glimpse of something for them to say: 'Look, mate, you stood up through some serious spells'."

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  • John on April 3, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @milepost-You say the word "We" in a way that make it looks like you are the voice of reason and you speak for everyone on this thread.

    The reality is that you and an other (could be the same) both continually slate England at any opportunity and this is a golden one.

    Carberry should have his say and be taken seriously but does an Ashes average of 28 indicate he was decent/justifying his place? Yes better than most but still not good and many of us were strongly questioning the non selections of guys like Compton,Taylor and Onions and ironically enough the slections of Carberry and Tremlett pre tour so it's not just a hindsight thing. Not sure I agree with Buttler being in the side but I agree with the other names he mentioned. Most of the other guys you mentioned have been strong performers for Eng at some time or another while others have earned their call by decent domestic form. We know Carberry doesnt pick himself.On that series only 2 players justfied their places

  • Cameron on April 2, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    @John Duffield didn't we already politely ask you to keep your stats only approach to yourself? Carberry justified his Ashes selection with decent performances. There's the same commenters here saying Carberry never justified selection despite some good knocks and some very unlucky dismissals whilst ignoring the fact that the much hyped Joe Root has failed over and over and over and over and over again. Prior, Root, Bairstow, Bresnan, Tremlett, etc. now there are some players whose selection isn't justified. Meanwhile Onions and Compton were at home during an Ashes England got flogged in. Don't blame Carberry, he's a good player and deserves to be there when they take on Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    as far as averages go, there is little to choose between kp and cook. there needs to be closure on the kp issue ! you cannot just dump a great and expect there to be zero noise about it ! he may not be the best bet, but I am in favour of broad as the cap for all 3 formats, just for the effort he puts in and the way he supports his mates !

  • Daison on April 2, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    That sounds bad man. That shows there is division in the team - you are either with cook and flower or you are against them.

  • Prem on April 2, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Carberry is right - sack the inefficient administrators and selectors at the ECB, not your best batsman!

  • John on April 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Reading this article properly it makes me think that Carberry is questioning the set up in general rather than the axing of KP. Agree with the comms that Carberry should not have been selected for the Ashes and that we had better candidates. He (like KP) had better stats than many but not significantly better so it was more a case of the rest of the side being abysma; than him being good. I wouldn't have picked him for the T20WC or the series in WI but I wouldn't have picked him for the Ashes either, I would however have told him why. I would have said that he had not transformed his domestic SF form (and more importantly the way he went about the game) to England games. In the Australia ODI series last year he mostly failed but more importantly he played without the intent showed consistently for Hants. I would say to him to work at his game and if selectedd again to go out and express himself more and do what he does for Hants.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    And what exactly has the side done to deserve our support

  • Dean on April 2, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clarke - even to NL? Happy days then I guess.

  • Suman on April 2, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    After an abject thrashing from the dutch, it would be interesting to see who is sent to the gallows this time with no KP around to be the convenient scapegoat.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Seriously. Carberry should be never have been near the England test XI in the first place. He only scored 1 Division 2 Champiosnship 100 in twos seasons. 1 in the 2 seasons. How can you get picked to open the batting for England with a record like that? He was an awful selection to begin with. As I said first division players with better run scoring records like Compton, Chopra and Nash were much more deserving of being in the team.

    The England team should be picked from the best players in county cricket not just on "hunches". Come the first test in May the likes Compton, Taylor, Butler and Onions should all be in the side.

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