LONDON: Michael Carberry was recalled to limited overs duty by England yesterday after being named in both the Twenty20 and one-day international squads to play Sri Lanka.
England’s 13-man Twenty20 squad, captained by Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad for a lone match against World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka at The Oval next week, also sees experienced stroke-player Ian Bell return to the format while the big-hitting Michael Lumb has been dropped.
Meanwhile left-arm seamer Harry Gurney, who made his ODI debut in a rain-marred win against Scotland in Aberdeen last week that was reduced to 20 overs per side, and fit-again Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan are in both squads. Ashes opener Carberry made no secret of his anger at being dropped from the ODI series in Australia -- which England lost 4-1 after their 5-0 Test drubbing -- having performed creditably in the same format against the team’s oldest international rivals on home soil.
But since then England have axed Ashley Giles as their limited overs coach, with Peter Moores now the sole man in charge across all formats after Andy Flower stood down following the Ashes debacle. And, with a new look selection panel also on board, 33-year-old Hampshire batsman Carberry has been given a chance to revive his white-ball career with England.
Now the management must decide which two from the trio of Carberry, Twenty20 specialist Alex Hales and Bell, who has not played in the format for more than three years, will open against Sri Lanka.
“Ian Bell has been in and around Twenty20 squad before,” England national selector James Whitaker told Sky Sports. “He has only played a limited number games but, with his experience, we feel he can offer us some top order presence. Eoin Morgan has had some experience at Test level. He has a good chance, as has others, to force himself into the Test squad.
“Form plays a huge part in the process. We need to look at a few new players and what is encouraging is a number of players are holding their hands up in domestic cricket.”
England have also named a 14-man squad for the first three of five ODIs against Sri Lanka.
Bresnan and Carberry were added to the 13 chosen to face Scotland, with Moeen Ali dropping out. This is a possible indication the selectors want Worcestershire batsman and occasional off-spinner Ali to bowl some more overs in first-class cricket ahead of the two-Test series against Sri Lanka, where the hosts may not field a specialist to replace retired slow bowler Graeme Swann. “We are entering an important period of 50-over cricket with a World Cup less than nine months away and this series against a skilful Sri Lankan side offers a chance to regain some momentum and for players to demonstrate the skill and passion we will need if we are to be serious contenders next year in Australia and New Zealand,” Whitaker said yesterday.