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Carberry puts t20 ambitions on hold to follow Ashes dream
MICHAEL Carberry has put his Twenty20 ambitions on hold following his Ashes call-up.
The Hampshire batsman was already making plans to be in Australia this winter before being named in England’s 17-man Ashes squad, following interest from the Big Bash.
Carberry attracted interest from “one or two” franchises, one of which is understood to be the Perth Scorchers, following the outstanding Friends Life t20 form that prompted his inclusion in England’s most recent squads for all formats.
He said: “I was heading over to Aussie to hopefully get in the Big Bash but now I’m in the Ashes squad my plans have changed around a little.
“It’s a nice position to be in, there’s a lot of cricket ahead this winter but now my main focus is the Ashes.”
Believing his international days were behind him, earning a Big Bash or Indian Premier League deal had been Carberry’s main goal earlier this summer.
But all that has changed following his Ashes call-up, which has followed his inclusion in England’s recent T20 and ODI squads.
Carberry added: “It was a little bit of a surprise, but I’m obviously delighted. Being involved in an Ashes Test match is the biggest challenge there is for a cricketer, it’s beyond my wildest dreams to get another chance to represent my country.”
The Big Bash, Australia’s domestic T20 tournament, runs from December - February, clashing with the Ashes and the ODI and Twenty20 series that follow.
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