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Morgan backs Hampshire ace Carberry to bounce back from nightmare debut
7:32am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Hampshire Sport
England captain Eoin Morgan is backing Michael Carberry to bounce back from his nightmare one-day international debut.
The Hampshire man became a figure of fun for the crowd as he dropped two catches in England's six-wicket defeat of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday.
His luck did not change as he conceded 12 runs in bowling a single unimpressive over and then failed in his principle job, opening the batting, managing just 10.
But after the 32-year-old was selected on the back of some superb form for Hampshire, Morgan expects him to come good.
Morgan said: "With debuts you are on a hiding to nothing most of the time. More often than not they do not go right for you.
"Carbs is a very experienced cricketer. He will pick himself up, re-evaluate where he is at and we will encourage him to play with the freedom he does at Hampshire.
"We have very strong belief in him as an opening batsman."
Carberry - who played one Test match in 2010 in Bangladesh - is one of a number of players to be given an opportunity this autumn as England rest several of their star names following their Ashes exertions.
Regular captain Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann are all sitting out the late-season one-day internationals, which primarily consist of the five-match series against Australia starting tomorrow.
Carberry, Boyd Rankin and Gary Ballance all made their debuts in the format against the Irish while other inexperienced players in James Taylor and Ben Stokes came back into the side.
Changes could be made as Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root come back into contention for the first of the Australia matches at Headingley.
Morgan said: "We picked a team specifically for Tuesday and the conditions. We will see what we are going to do."
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