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Carberry included in Ashes squad
12:07pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Michael Carberry has been included in England's Ashes squad.
The Hampshire batsman was named in the squad at Lord's this morning, alongside the uncapped trio of Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin.
Carberry, who will be 33 next week, has only played one Test himself, against Bangladesh in Chittagong three-and-a-half years ago.
His selection completes a remarkable comeback from the blood clots on the lungs that threatened his career, just as he was about to leave for Australia with England's Performance Programme three years ago.
Carberry's versatility helped him to get the nod over Nick Compton.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "It's a selector's decision and what we've wanted is to give us as many options as we possibly can, hence the number of 17. So every option for whatever conditions," he said.
"There are obviously injuries that can happen on a tour, so to make sure that it's covered completely we needed 17 and so we've covered that and he (Carberry) has deserved his selection."
Meanwhile, Carberry's Hampshire teammates James Vince and Danny Briggs have been included in England's Performance Programme squad.
Ashes squad: Cook, Prior, Anderson, Bairstow, Ballance, Bell, Broad, Carberry, Finn, Panesar, KP, Rankin, Root, Stokes, Swann, Tremlett, Trott
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