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Carter hopes for Scotland swansong

George Dobell

September 6, 2012

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Neil Carter celebrates one of six wickets against Lancashire, Lancashire v Warwickshire, County Championship Divison One, Aigburth, August 1 2011
Neil Carter is hoping to embark on an international career with Scotland © PA Photos
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Neil Carter's career with Warwickshire may be coming to an end, but his international career could be just beginning.

Carter, the 37-year-old South Africa-born allrounder who is retiring from county cricket at the end of this season, is aiming to continue his career playing with Scotland after a change in recent regulations. He hopes to start his international career in the World Cup qualifiers in March.

"There was a rule change about a month ago," Carter told ESPNcricinfo. "In the past you either had to be born in the country or spend 100 days a year there. Now if your parent was Scottish - and my mum is - then you can qualify."

Carter, or "McCarter" as his team-mates have started to call him, has struggled to win a place in the Warwickshire team that won this season's Championship title, but is expected to play in the CB40 final at Lord's next week.

He won Most Valuable Player of the 2010 domestic season and hopes that, by playing international limited-overs cricket for Scotland, he will be considered for short-term spells in T20 leagues around the world

Iain Wardlaw, the Yorkshire seamer, is also thought to be considering making himself available for Scotland.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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