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Carberry's comments 'unnecessary' - Giles

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July 4, 2014

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

Michael Carberry drops Thisara Perera, England v Sri Lanka, T20, The Oval, May 20, 2014
Michael Carberry did not take his chance in the England one-day side with both hands © AFP

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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Posted by bjcm12 on (July 6, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

Carberry - too big for his boots - at least have a century and talk.

Posted by Insightful2013 on (July 5, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

This is why England doesn't succeed at the highest level. Carberry's comments should be welcomed and encouraged! It said more about him than anything else. Instead of channeling his brashness, it's manged, because of laundry. Giles and the ECB's egos comes first, before English success! There is no proper way to do things! Set the goals and achieve them. Insecure people will always moan. Carberry's attitude signifies a winner. These men are not role models, they're gladiators! If Cook had some of Carberry's fire, with his skill and concentration, he'd be a Sangakara. My point is this, fire if cooled is far more effective than fire that explodes. Encourage that passion but instill programming to channel it. What message does it send to passionate others, who are more likely to be talented? Talent comes from passion coupled with capabilities. Controlled aggression is far more effective ala, Brian Robson, Beefy, Viv, Lara, Hayden, Gilcrist,Greenidge, etc. The list is too long.

Posted by CodandChips on (July 5, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Carberry looked very uncomfortable at international level.

Like KP, he got a second chance after his comments. Compare to the likes of Patel, Compton and Mascarenhas.

@Chris_P You call his dismissals unluck. I call them sloppy.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 5, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@Chris_P on (July 4, 2014, 21:21 GMT) Hi . My comms were more based on Carberry booing about being left out of the shorter formats sides which is what this article is about. He averaged 19 with a SR in the low 60s. Cook and Bell regularly get lambasted for their pace but it is better than Carberry's in the Aus series and their average is much higher. So basically he was neither making a platform or upping the tempo and you need to do one or the other (pref both) as a batsman in SFs. I agree re him having a tougher baptism than most but many thought he was fortunate to even be on the tour so it's swings and roundabouts. I'd say Lyth from Yorks and his fellow county player Vince are further up the pecking order right now. But I really don't think MC has any grounds at all for complaining about not being picked for the SFs. Had his last series been a number of years ago then fair enough - players can change/improve - but it was pretty recent

Posted by Clavers on (July 5, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

Like many of the England squad, Carberry during the last Ashes series looked like a nervous man, made so not only by one of the best bowling attacks in history but also by a dysfunctional England management set-up.

Posted by Chris_P on (July 4, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

@JG2704. You're right about Carberry's average but from my side of the fence, I thought he had some pretty unlucky dismissals, Brisbane comes to mind, & was rarely out before getting that start. He did fail to convert numerous starts, but then again he was subject to some pretty high calibre bowling & felt he did better than all the others given he faced the music first up. I got to admit, I thought he couldn't cut it in Tests but acknowledge he showed plenty of bottle. His short form exploits in England I would have thought could have played more in his favour, but clearly, England are showing they are moving forward with their next generation so here is to good cricket in the coming years.

Posted by ronnie22 on (July 4, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

As usual, too many people are too prepared to open their mouths tactlessly, and of course the media just loves this happening. If you are a talented player with a chance of playing for your country, be intelligent enough to let your county do the talking for you: it's extremely naive and unintelligent to think that sounding off in public is going to achieve what you want - if that was the solution there would be countless players selected !

Posted by DizzD on (July 4, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Rizwan , same friendly sri lankan attack defeated englishman in all formats mate. Don't forget the facts.

Posted by JG2704 on (July 4, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

@rizwan1981 on (July 4, 2014, 18:00 GMT) But Carberry was talking about his exclusion from T20s/ODIs - not related to the test side. In tests he averaged less than 30 and while that was better than most of his fellow team it's still not good.

As for ODIs - He was given a series vs Australia in which he scored a 60 and a 30 at a laboured pace and the rest of his scores were 10 or less. His SR was worse than Cook and Bell and his average considerably less than Cook and Bell's career average. He may do it all the time for Hants but if you put on an England shirt and neither score well or quickly you shouldn't really complain about being left out of shorter format sides

Posted by shillingsworth on (July 4, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Nice to hear Giles' side at last. Seems Carberry isn't as 'straight talking' as he would have everyone believe.

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