Former England opening batsman Michael Carberry expressed his grievances how the England Cricket Board (ECB) made a mess of his potential. He specifically blamed Ashley Giles, who was the then Managing Director of the ECB, for keeping him unaware of his future in ODI cricket. Michael Carberry revealed all this in detail in the Broken Trophy Podcast.
After successfully defending the Ashes early in 2013 in England, the Englishmen travelled down under for a return series. Unfortunately, the tourists lost to Michael Clarke’s men by 5-0, thereby relinquishing the urn. Ben Stokes, having scored a lone century, was the only positive for England. As far as Michael Carberry was concerned, he was the second-highest run-getter for England behind Stokes.
After the Ashes rubber, the focus shifted to the five-match ODI series against Australia. By the time, it was down to the final game; the tourists had lost the 50-over rubber as well. Hence, Carberry wanted to know about his chances of playing the dead rubber in Adelaide from Ashley Giles, having got runs in the warm-up game. However, Giles plainly ignored him.
“When it got to the last game I remember sitting down with Ashley Giles (England’s white-ball head coach at the time) and asking ‘Where am I going with this really? Am I close or not?’,” he said. “I got runs in the warm-up game, didn’t get a sniff. And he basically just palmed me off. ‘Ah I don’t really know. I’m not sure of my own job.”
The way England handled me was abysmal, as far as I see it: Michael Carberry
The Surrey-born further said that the way the English management handled him was awful and that there is a way to handle people. The left-handed batsman felt that he was made the scapegoat of the loss even though he was one of the highest run-getters.
“There’s a right way and a wrong way to deal with people, and the way England handled me was abysmal, as far as I see it. The series went the way it went, and it wasn’t just my doing that we lost. Actually, to be honest I think I ended up second top run-scorer. Look, at nearly 35 or whatever I was, I needed to know, ‘Where am I going with this?’’