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Carberry deserves England chance - Gower
2:07pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
Former Hampshire star David Gower has defended the national team's decision to rest a number of their Ashes heroes from the current NatWest Series against Australia - at least for the time being.
Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were all omitted from the one-day international squad, but the decision has initially backfired as England trail 1-0 with three matches remaining.
Yet Gower believes managing the fitness of key individuals is vital, as is giving chances to those who have replaced them for the 50-over format with the likes of Hampshire's Michael Carberry and Boyd Rankin having an opportunity to shine.
"Before you start leaping up and down about things like that it is always better to get to the end of the series," Gower said.
"If England win this series, for instance, and win the next three games and end up 3-1 winners then it is good value.
"It is a really good chance to look at someone like Michael Carberry, who so far hasn't set the world alight, but has such a good season that he deserves to get a chance.
"You look and learn, you look at someone like Rankin who has been reasonably impressive, so it is the end of the series which is the time to make the final judgements on all things like that."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan claimed on Twitter that fans deserved a partial refund as many key players would not be involved.
He wrote on Twitter: "I would have only rested Captain Cook.. Plenty of time to rest from Sept 16th - Nov 21st!!!? Can't sell tickets then rest 5 star names!!!! No problems resting players but I think supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund..."
But Gower, who scored 8,231 runs in 117 Tests from 1978 until 1992, sided with the England selectors and coach Andy Flower rather than Vaughan.
"I think Michael was being a little bit disingenuous there to say the least," said Gower.
"He was looking for a reaction and he got a reaction but at the end of an Ashes series it is all about player management.
"If Andy Flower thinks that those guys need to be managed in this way then I'm happy to back Andy Flower on that.
"The trickiest thing in many ways for the England team management is to manage how that team evolves.
"To do that you need fresh blood and you need to be lucky that the people you choose have not just the skill but also the mental aptitude to make it work."
One player who was given a chance in the final Test of England's successful 3-0 Ashes success over Australia was Simon Kerrigan.
The Lancashire spinner endured a chastening debut but Gower does not feel those given the chance away from the Test arena benefit in comparison to the likes of Kerrigan, who was under intense pressure to perform at the Oval.
"There is no real way of easing someone in," he added.
"Whether it is a Test match, a one-day match or a T20 match there are relative pressures to each form of the game.
"For example if you are Boyd Rankin and you're coming in to play 50-over games and bowling 10 overs and going for 80 it wouldn't be such good news.
"We all felt for Kerrigan, there wasn't a man in that ground who didn't feel some sort of sympathy for what was an obvious nightmare.
"But whichever form of the game you have a chance in you are going to have pressure on you.
"We all hope that when people are identified that when they get the chance it will go well for them because it is the dream of every cricketer to play international cricket."
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