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Health scare for Carberry

Opener ruled out of EPP trip Down Under

Carberry: Ashes dream dashed

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Hampshire opening batsman Michael Carberry has been ruled out of the England Performance Programme's trip to Australia due to illness.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the left-handed batsmen has been undergoing treatment for blood clots and shortness of breath and has been advised against taking long-haul flights.

Carberry made his Test debut against Bangladesh back in March but did not appear for England during the summer and was not in the 16-man Ashes squad.

Instead he was selected as part of the EPP, who will shadow the senior side until December 17.

Carberry, who scored 1,221 runs for Hampshire in Division One of the LV=County Championship in 2010, could have come into consideration for an Ashes call-up if Alastair Cook's woes at the top of the order continued.

Carberry's club-mate Jimmy Adams will travel with the EPP, but there are no other capped alternatives in the touring party Down Under.

The EPP, who will be based in Australia from November 11 to December 17, have not added a replacement.