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Carberry stars in England tour opener
9:32am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Michael Carberry hopes his impressive 78 against a Western Australia Chairman's XI has boosted his Ashes chances.
The Hampshire batsman batted fluently in the absence of captain Alastair Cook, who is resting his bad back, after the hosts had declared on 451-5 at the WACA, Perth.
Carberry faced only 100 balls, hitting 12 fours and he dominated his 100-run opening partnership with Joe Root (36).
But he was disappointed to miss out on a century that looked there for the taking.
England were 137-2 when an apparent lapse of concentration just before tea saw the left-hander cut Ashton Turner's off-spin into the hands of backward point.
Carberry was a maiden first-class victim for Turner, a member of last year's inaugural Ageas Bowl International Academy intake who also made 62 not out in only his second first-class match, when he was caught by Jim Allenby just before tea.
Jonathan Trott (64*) and Ian Bell (77*) added another 133 before stumps as England closed the penultimate day on 270-2.
But Carberry regretted not being there at the close and remains realistic about his chances of being in the team for the first Test at The Gabba, Brisbane on November 21.
"I think there's still a long way to go," he said. "I was pretty upset to get out at 78 but obviously I'll try and put that right in the next innings.
"All you can do really is take your chances when they come and hopefully you'll keep nudging the selectors a little bit.
"We'll see what happens when it comes to selecting the Test side.
"I'll bat anywhere and I'd like to get the opportunity wherever it may be, whether it's at the top or at number six."
England trail by 181 runs with eight wickets remaining going into the final day after their triumvirate of tall seamers - Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Steve Finn - all conceded at least four an over.
"You have to bear in mind that it's the guys' first competitive bowl out in the middle so it will take some time for them to hit their straps," Carberry added.
"There's obviously things to work on and we can put that right in the next game, but I'm mainly just looking forward to the batting and putting in some graft to make sure we're in good shape."
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