England news July 4, 2014

Carberry's comments 'unnecessary' - Giles

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Giles irritated by 'unnecessary' Carberry comments. Watch the full #politeenquiries here

Ashley Giles, the former England limited-overs coach, has admitted he was disappointed with the comments Michael Carberry made earlier this year about his exclusion from England's T20 and ODI sides and has clarified what he told the batsman during the Australia tour.

Following the Ashes, during which Carberry had played all five Tests, he could not find a spot in the limited-overs matches against Australia and was dropped for the tour of West Indies and World T20.

In an interview with the Guardian in March, Carberry said that when he approached Giles towards the end of the one-day series in Australia to find out why he was not playing - having been part of the side at the end of 2013 English season - Giles responded with "I don't know."

Speaking on ESPNcricinfo's #politeenquiries series, Giles acknowledged he had used those words but in relation to a question from Carberry about whether he would play for England again.

"I did [say it] but it's all in context. At the top of the order we had Cook and Bell, at No. 3 with tried different things - we had Stokes and Trott before that - so the 'I don't know' was more that I cannot guarantee anyone a place in a one-day or T20 side. If I had, that would have been wrong."

In the Guardian, Carberry had said: "I sat there game after game, watching us lose, thinking: 'What more can I do to get in the squad?' - bearing in mind that I was without doubt the leading batsman in one-day cricket last year... to suddenly be on the sidelines, not getting a game, just didn't make any sense."

"I had a brief chat with Ashley during the fifth ODI in Adelaide. His response was that he didn't really know. If you don't know mate, I sure as hell won't know.

"Leaving Adelaide after our brief chat I've got to be honest, it didn't fill me with a great deal of optimism. 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."

About Carberry's comments Giles added: "It was unfortunate, I think unnecessary, especially the timing. You don't do your laundry in public."

Carberry did not only have barbs for Giles, having a significant dig at the management as a whole for their lack of communication with him after the Australia tour. The ECB referred the article to the Press Complaints Commission, not for any dispute over whether Carberry's quotes were genuine but because they did not think enough had been done to reflect the ECB's side.

However, a change of coach brought a clean slate and Carberry was included for the T20 and ODIs against Sri Lanka earlier this season, although he endured a poor T20 outing and only played once during the one-day series.

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