Michael Carberry may have missed international boat but IPL could be a second chance:

Hampshire Cricket

The Hampshire cricketer has starred in recent T20 matches.

When Andrew Strauss retired a year ago there was a need to replace him. At the time there were only three options available to the selectors. The players who were in contention were Michael Carberry, Joe Root and Nick Compton. The selectors went with Compton first, unfortunately he has now been discarded. Joe Root now has the spot and it is likely that he will stay there for years to come.

With both Cook and Root being younger and more established for England It seems the chances for Carberry are over at International level. It is likely that the next time a player is called into the opening spots for England it will be one of the next generation. This could possibly be the highly thought of 19-year-old Daniel Bell Drummond.

Carberry did have one game for England in a tour of Bangladesh, but he did not really make any runs of note. It is unfortunate that he was not given a fair chance and subsequently, I feel he will not get another chance. His only chance would be if England decided to drop Trott and maybe bring Root into the number three role so he could open. If Trott was to be discarded I feel that Compton would be given the first opportunity, or that Bell would move back to number three and a younger guy like James Taylor could come in. But despite Trott’s recent woes with the bat he is unlikely to be let go.

Carberry is not just a good batsman who is cut out for test cricket; he can be explosive as well as being a great fielder. Being one of the leading players in the domestic T20 tournament for the last two years he has now set his sights higher. The IPL is the dream ticket for any player who has ambitions in the shortest form of the game and Carberry is no different. He reiterated his desire after his incredible century in the quarter finals of this year’s tournament stating:

"I would love the opportunity, it looks a fantastic tournament. You are playing against the world's best and for somebody like me, who didn't have the opportunity internationally; it's the next best thing."

His comments show that he knows he will not play again for England but is willing to carve out a new career in the IPL or other tournaments across the world. This would mean he joins players such as Owais Shah, Alfonso Thomas and Brad Hodge just to name a few players who have made a bigger name out of traveling the world playing T20 cricket. Carberry is unlikely to make his name through international cricket but could be a revelation in the IPL if selected. I for one hope he does so he can show India that English players can work in the IPL.

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