Carberry lashes out at Giles and ECB after disastrous winter

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“It’s obvious that since the [Ashes] tour ended some very, very strange decisions have been made”

England opening batsman Michael Carberry has lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and limited overs coach Ashley Giles following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

Carberry questioned Giles’ communication skills with the players and was also infuriated with the ECB’s decision to terminate Kevin Pietersen’s central contract.

Carberry also revealed that there was no communication from the ECB about why he had not been picked for the ODI series against Australia and the ongoing World Twenty20 tournament.

“No. Nothing – which is disappointing but it’s the way they tend to do things,” Carberry told The Guardian. “I don’t think it’s me alone saying this sort of thing. There have been players before me and players now who have felt the same thing.

“I’ve been in the game a long time and you know some guys get given a shorter rope than others. I’m probably going to be a bit controversial here but throughout my England career, even as a schoolboy, I’ve always had that shorter rope – for some reason.”

Carberry added that he doesn’t believe Giles has what it takes to replace Andy Flower as England’s head coach.

“It’s that age-old word, man-management,” he said. “I had a brief chat with Ashley during the fifth ODI in Adelaide. His response was that he didn’t really know. If you don’t know mate, I sure as hell won’t know.

“Leaving Adelaide after our brief chat I’ve got to be honest, it didn’t fill me with a great deal of optimism. I feel that this is a question he should have answered. And, OK, if it’s not him answering, it should be one of the selectors. But that’s the way England like to do things. It disappoints me because I’m quite an approachable guy.

“I’m sitting here disappointed I’m not involved in the one-day set-up. I seem to have been left out for some unknown reason. I don’t think it’s a cricket reason because my one-day stats speak for themselves over the last few seasons. So I’m disappointed the selectors haven’t fronted up and spoken to me.”

The 33-year-old also conceded that he still hasn’t gotten over the fact that Pietersen will never be seen in an England shirt again.

“It’s obvious that since the [Ashes] tour ended some very, very strange decisions have been made,” he said. “It was a big surprise (Pietersen). I don’t think anyone saw that coming. Through the tour, certainly, Kev was very helpful to me. Over the years Kev, as one of the greats of the game, has always been very helpful in talking about the mental side.

“In England’s position you want to retain that knowledge as much as you can. You hope he will still be around the county game for the benefit of the next generation.”

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