Graham Gooch hints at Ashes role for Michael Carberry

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 batting coach Graham Gooch hints that Michael Carberry could make his Test debut when the Ashes series begins later this month.

England batting coach Graham Gooch has hinted that Michael Carberry could make his Test debut against Australia later this month.

The Hampshire batsman made an unbeaten 153 on the first day of England's warm-up match against Australia A in Hobart.

Gooch has admitted that the 33-year-old has shown his ability ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series.

"An opportunity arose in that first game when Alastair had the stiff back, a condition he'd suffered with in the past, and Michael got a game and took his chance there," Gooch told talkSPORT.

"We wanted to see a little bit more of him in this game, and he's done his chances no harm of playing with 150. He's got a second opportunity here, a couple of innings, and he's done very well.

"You want all your players to show form, so he's put a bit of a marker down for himself."

The first Ashes Test will begin in Brisbane on November 21.

England's Alastair Cook walks off the field after losing his wicket during day 5 of the 3rd Ashes Test on August 5, 2013
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