Michael Carberry joins Scorchers for BBL

The Perth Scorchers have moved a step closer to finalising their squad ahead of the fourth instalment of the KFC Big Bash League after today announcing England batsman Michael Carberry as the side’s second international signing.

Carberry joins Pakistani paceman Yasir Arafat as Perth’s two international players and leaves the reigning BBL champions with just two of their 18 roster spots to fill before the 5 December contracting deadline.

Michael-Carberry-T20-AgeasBowl-vKentCarberry, 34, is no stranger to the wickets of Western Australia, having played in the state on development tours and, most recently, opening the batting for England in last summer’s Ashes series.

“Justin Langer got in touch and said they’d love to have me on and I’m delighted and thrilled to get out there … it’s a fantastic opportunity,” said Carberry. “I played there last year, obviously, with the Test match and I thought it was very well supported by the English fans as well as the Aussies fans.

“I’ve always enjoyed Perth; I’ve been there a few times as a young player as well on training camps or playing club cricket.

“To be back again and to play as a home will be fantastic.”

Carberry’s signing brings together a well-blended mix of experience and youth for Perth, which boasts the senior heads of captain Adam Voges, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Brad Hogg, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Carberry and Arafat to complement some of the country’s most promising tyros in Jason Behrendorff, Mitch Marsh, Joel Paris, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, James Muirhead and Hilton Cartwright.

Coach Justin Langer said: “Michael Carberry is another exciting inclusion into our Scorchers squad. We’ve stuck to the formula of looking for senior professionals available for the full BBL campaign and Michael fits that bill perfectly.

“He’s a dynamic top-order batsman, a cricket tragic - which we like - and a great athlete, so he ticks a lot of boxes for us.

“I’m incredibly happy with our squad and it’s a great outcome for us that we’ve been able to replace Simon Katich in the top-order with someone of the calibre of Michael Carberry,” Langer continued.”We have five or six of the country’s best young guns in one squad and they get to learn from some of the best senior players going around.

“That’s a pretty special opportunity for all involved. It’s also a great combination and holds a lot of promise for the short term and long term future of the club.”

Australian batsman Adam Voges, who played seven times for Hampshire in 2007, will captain the side with former Elite International Cricket Academy pair Ashton Turner and Ashton Agar also part of the squad.

Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White said:He’s been outstanding for the last two of three years in T20 cricket, setting us up well early on in our innings and he’s played a big part in our success in the shorter format.

“It’s an exciting competition and exciting times for Carbs. He’s been working hard in the nets already so he will be ready to go when he starts.”

Perth Scorchers BBL|04 Squad (two to be named): Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Jason Behrendorff, Michael Carberry, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, James Muirhead, Joel Paris, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

Main Photo Credit: www.perthscorchers.com.au

James Buttler

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