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Hampshire reveal Michael Carberry diagnosed with cancer

Hampshire have confirmed that their England-capped batsman Michael Carberry has a cancerous tumour and will continue to undergo tests and treatment.

Carberry underwent tests earlier this week after feeling unwell and as a result missed Hampshire's County Championship match against Warwickshire.

Today, the club issued the following statement confirming the news:

"Following recent reports about his health and now that he has spoken fully to his family, friends and team-mates, Hampshire Cricket can confirm that after a brief period of feeling unwell, a specialist has determined that Michael Carberry has a tumour that is cancerous.

"Further tests will be undertaken before the relevant treatment commences.

"He is grateful for the messages of support that he has received and hopes that he can focus on his treatment whilst the privacy of those close to him is respected."

Within minutes of Hampshire posting the statement to their website, players, supporters and other clubs posted messages on Twitter wishing Carberry well.

And Hampshire Cricket chairman Rod Bransgrove told the club's website: "Michael has been part of the Hampshire Cricket family for 10 years and on behalf of everyone at and associated with the Club, I would like to send him and his family our very best wishes at this very difficult time."

Carberry overcame blood clots on his lungs in 2010, returning to score a triple-century for Hampshire against Yorkshire in August 2011.

"'Carbs' has taken on and beaten serious illness before and we will be doing all we can to make sure he does the same again this time," Bransgrove added.

Carberry joined Hampshire ahead of the 2006 season, having previously represented Kent and Surrey, going on to play six Tests, six One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International for his country.

He has also represented Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in Australia and the Sagittarius Strikers in the recent Masters Champions League.

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