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May 15, 2014
A change of England management has brought Michael Carberry's international career in from the cold and he now has his sights on a summer for England across all formats. Carberry criticised his treatment by England having not being selected for any one-day cricket this year but has been recalled for the Sri Lanka series.
Carberry emerged with more credit than most during England's disastrous Ashes campaign but was left out of the following one-day series, which England lost 4-1. Carberry subsequently gave a newspaper interview where he reproached Ashley Giles and his backroom staff and said he doubted things would change much in the England camp even with a new coach.
But Carberry's fears were unfounded and quickly after Peter Moores was installed as England's new head coach, he was quickly in touch with encouraging news.
"It wasn't looking great but I had a chat with Peter Moores and the new selectors and they've made it clear to me that I'm still very much a part of things, which is good to know," Carberry said. "I've not been cast aside. So I'm really looking forward to what lies ahead.
"Pete's been open and honest with me and where he sees me and has make it clear to me that I've not been put on the scrap heap and that I've still got a big future with England. I'd worked with him before at England A level so I'm used to him and I know the type of guy he is. He made it clear to me that I'm very much a part of things going forward."
Carberry struck out at his omission from any one-day cricket post-Ashes, despite an outstanding 2013 in both 40- and 20-over cricket that earned him an initial England call-up. Of his non-selection Carberry told The Guardian, "I don't think it's a cricket reason" and said he received more constructive feedback from the Australian players than England management.
Six weeks on from the interview and with Carberry recalled, England's new chairman of selectors James Whittaker described the issue as "water under the bridge" and Carberry holds no regrets over the frank comments.
"I'm a man's man," he said. "I stand by what I believe rightly or wrongly. Thankfully it wasn't taken personally by England because it wasn't meant as a personal dig at them. We're in a business where we all have to take criticism as players and as an establishment.
"So as James Whittaker rightly said, we've had a chat about it and they've put it as water under the bridge and so have I. They know where I'm coming from and I know where they're coming from and they've expressed to me that they still see me as part of their plans so hopefully we can all move forward.
"I guess I'm just good at speaking from the heart. I've been through a lot in this game and I've never been one to hide what I really say. If you want to move forward as a player and as a team sometimes you have to be honest, not only with yourself but with your team, and I'm sure the England team want to move forward from a difficult winter and I'm sure there would have been a lot of other things said as well, honestly, from other players. Players are allowed to express their opinion."
Carberry could now have five ODIs and a T20 to prove his international limited-overs credentials, with England sounding out a squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in less than 12 months' time. He will be keen to improve on his showing against Australia last summer, where he only managed one half-century in four innings, and hopes it can serve as platform to retaining his Test spot.
"I'm still hopeful of playing Test cricket, definitely," he said. "I thoroughly enjoyed this winter, not the result, but it was a great challenge against a great Australian bowling attack, I don't think you'll get that too many times in your career, to challenge your technique and temperament in six weeks of intense cricket was an unbelievable experience and one that I look back very fondly on.
"I competed very well and would have liked a different result and obviously a few more runs. But I hung in there well and that gives me confidence moving forward in my Test career if I'm to play any more."
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