Michael Carberry is out for the season after suffering a broken finger against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Carberry was an outsider for the Ashes decider, which starts at the Oval today, after a blistering run of form for Hampshire in the LV Championship">County Championship.

But after reaching 86 on the first day of Hampshire’s latest match, he was cruelly denied a fifth hundred in six matches by an Andre Adams delivery that struck him on the left hand yesterday afternoon.

Carberry immediately went for an X-ray at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, which confirmed that his left ring finger is broken.

With 1,251 runs at 69.50, Carberry has scored more runs in the Championship’s first division than anyone bar former England batsman Marcus Trescothick.

He was targeting 1,500-plus and a place in an England squad this winter but he will not be batting again this season.

Carberry will see a consultant this morning before undergoing surgery at a private clinic in Nottingham later today.

Hampshire physio Andrew Nealon said: “The standard return from surgery on a broken finger is six weeks.”