Michael Carberry: 'Serious illness gave me a sense of perspective'

Michael Carberry of Hampshire celebrates after reaching his century during the Friends Life T20 Quarter Final between Hampshire Royals and Lancashire Lightning at Ageas Bowl on August 7, 2013
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England batsman Michael Carberry says that he appreciates his life and career following a serious illness three years ago.

England batsman Michael Carberry has admitted that suffering from a serious illness gave him a sense of perspective.

The 33-year-old, who plays for Hampshire, discovered a blood clot on his lung three years ago.

"It's been a tough couple of years. In a strange way it does give your cricket perspective when you're close to losing your life," Carberry told BBC Sport.

Carberry scored a maiden century for England on the opening day of their Ashes warm-up match in Hobart.

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