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Why Michael Carberry is the perfect man to open the batting for England alongside Alastair Cook!

 It would appear that the Hampshire batsman’s England career is all but over, although with Adam Lyth struggling to discover his county form at international level – ‘Carbs’ could be the perfect man to solve England’s opening batting troubles.

In the wake of England’s humiliating defeat at Lords in the second test of the Ashes, there has been much clamor to bring back a certain Kevin Pietersen. However, perhaps another batsman would be more fitting of a recall, someone who gets on with his teammates. Someone who still plays county cricket.

There were many an England fan who believed the decision to drop Carberry after the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash was a tad harsh. Despite failing to build on a number of good starts and only making a high score of 40, he did finish as the player with the side’s third highest batting average ahead of more established members of the squad. Long term he is not the answer but for now he may plug a gap adequately enough.

His county form has been far from spectacular this season for Hampshire but he has been steady. That said, it is mainly his style that would encourage me to draft him in. Carberry exudes self-confidence (a key trait needed when facing the Aussies) and would take the fight to the tourists. Also his batting style fits in with the new aggressive brand of cricket England have vowed to play.

Yorkshireman Adam Lyth has struggled under siege from the Australian bowlers so far this summer. If reports are to be believed, he has been handed one last chance to prove his worth at Edgbaston or face losing his place in the final two tests. Waiting in the wings is a man far more likely to replace the toiling Lyth – Alex Hales. He is of a similar mould to Carberry but has struggled in the longer form of the game in recent times. Furthermore the former Surrey and Kent man has the advantage of previous experience in Ashes battles having endured a tour the lion’s den in the land down under a year and a half ago.

Hales will most likely have his time someday but for if you are calling up a man mid-series in such an important duel as the Ashes, you would ideally like him to be experienced at that level. Carberry fits the bill, he’s the kind of top order batsmen the 3 Lions require in my eyes. Unfortunately I can’t help but think the ECB have contrasting views.

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