Carberry’s comments were ‘unfortunate’ and ‘unnecessary’, says Ashley Giles

"It was unfortunate, I think unnecessary, especially the timing"

“It was unfortunate, I think unnecessary, especially the timing”

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Former England head coach Ashley Giles has announced that the comments made about him by batsman Michael Carberry earlier this year were “unfortunate” and “unnecessary”.

Carberry lashed out at Giles after he was excluded from England’s ODI and Twenty20 squads following their 5-0 whitewashing at the hands of Australia in the Ashes series.

“I sat there game after game, watching us lose, thinking: ‘What more can I do to get in the squad?’ – bearing in mind that I was without doubt the leading batsman in one-day cricket last year… to suddenly be on the sidelines, not getting a game, just didn’t make any sense,” Carberry told The Guardian in March. “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, okay, 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. Maybe I’m a bit straight-talking but it’s the best way to be in this world – say what’s on your mind.”

In the interview, Carberry also stated that he had approached Giles to ask about why he had been dropped. The answer he received was “I don’t know”.

“I did [say it] but it’s all in context. At the top of the order we had Cook and Bell, at No. 3 with tried different things – we had Stokes and Trott before that – so the ‘I don’t know’ was more that I cannot guarantee anyone a place in a one-day or T20 side,” Giles said on ESPNcricinfo’s #politeenquiries. “If I had, that would have been wrong.”

However, Giles did not take kindly to Carberry’s comments, and said: “It was unfortunate, I think unnecessary, especially the timing. You don’t do your laundry in public.”

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