Former England captain, Andrew Strauss, has thrown his support behind Michael Carberry’s case for a place in the first Ashes Test later this month.
Strauss and Cook enjoyed some fruitful partnerships at the top of the order until his retirement in 2012, but cricket betting punters know that England have so far failed to fill the void left by the former captain, something Carberry is now looking to achieve over the next few months.
The Hampshire batsman earned his place in England’s Ashes squad after a strong domestic season and now looks in a strong position to be given a chance at the top of the tourists’ order. A lack of Test experience against the Aussies Down Under might not be ideal for Carberry but the batsman has looked fairly comfortable so far on tour.
The 33-year old has strengthened his case with two impressive innings in England’s warm-up games so far, scoring 78 against Western Australia Chairman’s XI before an eye-catching 153 in a 318-run partnership with Cook against Australia A in Hobart, making it hard for the selectors to leave him out of the side for the opening Test in Brisbane.
Carberry, whose only Test appearance came against the minnows in the cricket betting odds, Bangladesh, in 2010, is looking to open the batting alongside Alastair Cook with it now looking as though Joe Root will drop down the order to six, and the opener has been given the support of the man who has perhaps been a key reason behind Carberry’s failure to establish himself as an England stalwart over the past decade.
“Having Michael come in and get some runs is quite significant for the team. I think you can start pencilling his name into the starting team-sheet,” Strauss said.
“He’s a very experienced cricketer who has been around for a long time, he’s got a good back-foot game. It’s a bit of a step into the unknown and opening the batting in Australia is pretty tough.