Ashes: England opener Michael Carberry taking nothing for granted

Last Updated: 06/11/13 8:10pm

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Michael Carberry celebrates his century against Australia A

Michael Carberry celebrates his century against Australia A

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Michael Carberry is refusing to consider making the England team for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane despite his unbeaten century against Australia A.

Carberry batted beautifully to finish on 153 not out in Hobart, with the Hampshire opener sharing an unbroken stand of 318 with captain Alastair Cook.

Carberry, who also scored 78 in the clash against Western Australia Chairman's XI, was handed his chance at the top of the order ahead of Joe Root - with the Yorkshireman demoted to No 5 in the batting line-up.

"It was a nice moment to be here in the first place so to cap it off with a hundred second game back is beyond my wildest dreams really," he told Sky Sports.

"I am very pleased and it is a start of things to come hopefully.

"There is still another game to go so I don't know what the management are planning.

"I tried to keep this tour very game based. If I bat well I give myself every chance and that is what I have tried to do.

"I have played it ball by ball and not worry about selection as ultimately I can't control that.

"I don't think anyone is nailed on (to play). I didn't come here thinking I was a reserve, I came to play and at the stage of my career I am at, I think that is right."

Scoring big

Carberry hit 22 boundaries and two sixes and he was pleased to have kicked on to score a big score.

"We've talked at length in team meetings about the guys in the top four scoring big in these games leading up to the series," he said.

"I've tried to take that on board and when I have got in and through the new ball I've tried to bat as long as I can."

Carberry also had words of praise for opening partner Cook, who scored 154 not out having missed the game in Perth with a back complaint.

"I remember he racked up a few runs here last time. It is good to have him back and he is a key component in our plans," added Carberry.

"It is nice to see him back with a bang and score a big hundred."

You can watch day two of England's warm-up match against Australia 'A' live from Hobart at 11pm on Wednesday on Sky Sports 2 HD.

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