Carberry In England Twenty20 Squad
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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