Carberry In England Twenty20 Squad

Michael Carberry has been rewarded for a fine season in domestic cricket with an England call-up
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Hampshire opener Michael Carberry has been rewarded for a series of fine performances with a call-up to England's Twenty20 International squad.

He is the only uncapped member of a 14-man squad which will play Australia in two matches in Southampton and Chester-le-Street later this month.

Carberry, 32, has averaged 56 in this year's Friends Life t20 competition, in which Hampshire progressed to the semi-finals where they were knocked out by Surrey.

He played one Test for England in Bangladesh in 2010 before developing blood clots on his lungs which put him out of the game until midway through the 2011 season.

He has impressed many since his return to first-class cricket - particularly this year - and has been one of Hampshire's most consistent performers, including hitting an unbeaten century in Hampshire's Friends Life t20 win over Lancashire.

"With only eight international T20 matches until the ICC World T20 next April this NatWest series is an important chance for players to show they are capable of performing well at this level," England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national selector Geoff Miller said.

"The two matches will also allow Ashley Giles and Stuart Broad an opportunity to look at a number of different options.

"This squad combines players with plenty of international experience with players who have impressed at domestic level and who deserve an opportunity to test themselves in an international environment against what will no doubt be a strong Australian side."

Captain Stuart Broad, fellow fast bowler Steven Finn and batsman Joe Root are the only players included in the squad who have featured in the Ashes Test series to date with James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen among those given a rest.

The first match in Southampton is on 29th August before Chester-le-Street hosts the second game two days later.

England Twenty20 International squad: Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Luke Wright

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Fixtures & Results
29th August: 1st T20I, Southampton
AUS 248-6 beat ENG 209-6 by 39 runs
31st August: 2nd T20I, Chester-le-Street
ENG 195-5 beat AUS 168-9 by 27 runs
3rd September: Ireland v England, Dublin
ENG 274-4 beat IRE 269-7 by 6 wickets
3rd September: Scotland v Australia, Edinburgh
AUS 362-3 beat SCO 162 by 200 runs
6th September: 1st ODI, Leeds
Match abandoned - rain
8th September: 2nd ODI, Manchester
AUS 315-7 beat ENG 227 by 88 runs
11th September: 3rd ODI, Birmingham
ENG 59-3 v AUS - no result, rain
14th September: 4th ODI, Cardiff
ENG 231-7 beat AUS 227 by 3 wickets
16th September: 5th ODI, Southampton
AUS 298 beat ENG 249 by 49 runs