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Carberry misses out on England squad
11:03am Tuesday 18th September 2012 in Sport
Michael Carberry has been overlooked by England for their tour of India.
After another successful season at the Ageas Bowl hopes were high that Carberry might force his way into the tour party following the retirement of Andrew Strauss.
However, the selectors have gone with youth of Joe Root while Nick Compton was also included in the squad, while Carberry failed to make it.
There was better news for Hampshire's Danny Briggs who was named in the performance squad to tour India.
The headlines were predictably grabbed by Kevin Pietersen 's omission from the squad.
England cricket managing director Hugh Morris said there are still issues to be resolved over the text message dispute that saw 32-year-old Pietersen omitted from the last Test against South Africa.
Pietersen's omission opens the way for Compton, the 29-year-old grandson of Denis, who was the top English batsman in the county championship last season with an average of 99.
Root, 21, opened the batting for Yorkshire averaging 43.41.
Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has lost his place in the 16-man Test squad, which is being captained by Alastair Cook, after a poor run of form in the second half of the season.
Pietersen could yet return to the England set-up next year but the fall-out from his text messages about former captain Strauss with members of the South Africa team during the summer continues to be a problem.
Morris said: "Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which led to his omission from the final Investec Test match against South Africa.
"These discussions remain private and confidential and as there are issues still to be resolved Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour."
The squad includes three spin bowlers for the four-Test tour to the sub-continent: Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.
Speaking about the uncapped batsmen, national selector Geoff Miller said: "Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in County cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level.
"Joe Root is a player who has been successful at every level from county cricket through to EPP and England Lions, and he deserves this opportunity to step up to the next level and press his case for a place in the Test side."
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