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Greenidge backs Carbs to be an Ashes hit
Hampshire legend Gordon Greenidge believes Michael Carberry can establish himself as an England player during this winter’s Ashes series.
Carberry, Hampshire’s latest international opening batsman with Caribbean pedigree, arrives in Australia with the rest of England’s squad on Friday.
The 33 year-old is likely to get a chance to stake his claim in at least one of the three warm-up games, the first of which is a three-dayer against Western Australia in Perth, starting next Thursday.
England also play four-day games against Australia A and New South Wales before the first Test in Brisbane on November 21.
West Indies legend Greenidge, who finished his 108-Test career on his 40th birthday, believes Carberry can add several caps to his solitary Test appearance, made against Bangladesh three-and-a-half years ago.
Greenidge, 62, said: “Mike’s done very well for Hampshire and although he may not get a chance to start, some guys may develop an injury and he may get the opportunity.
“When he does I hope he grabs it with both hands. I hope he does well, he looks confident enough, it’s now for him to go out and to put it together in the middle.
“Establishing yourself is never easy. Comparisons are often made with other players who have played before you in that position you are now in.
“You have to try and erase that from your mind and show what you can do. Emulate some people, yes.
“But you should still try to establish yourself as you. Once you get the opportunity, it’s never too late.”
Greenidge lives in Barbados but was back at The Ageas Bowl this week to open The Orbit, a study centre in the Shane Warne Stand run by the Hampshire Cricket Community Trust.
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