Hampshire hopeful of Carberry return

County's director of cricket confirms the former Test opener is 'working back to full fitness'

Former England Test batsman Michael Carberry was diagnosed with cancer six months ago but his county side has confirmed that he is close to resuming training.

In July, Carberry was told he had a cancerous tumour after missing a County Championship match with Hampshire because he felt unwell.

The opener was forced to miss the second half of the English domestic season but following a successful operation, Hampshire have confirmed they hope to welcome him back to preseason training.

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“Carbs is doing really well after a successful operation,” Hampshire director of cricket Giles White told the Southern Daily Echo. “He looked a lot better when I saw him before Christmas.

“He was looking to start practicing again in the New Year so hopefully he’ll be in the nets soon. It’s now about working back to full fitness.

“We’ll support him in any way we can.”

Carberry had previously suffered from blood clots on the lung, missing the start of the 2011 season.

The 36-year-old has played for England in all three formats with his last appearance in a one-day series against Sri Lanka in May 2014.

He famously had his bat snapped in half by a Ryan Harris delivery during the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG in January 2014.

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Carberry struck 87 runs at 21.75 in BBL|05 for the Perth Scorchers, including a superb 62 in a thrilling run chase against the Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.

He had been the club's second-leading run scorer in their title-winning BBL|04 season with 266 runs at 44.33.

Carberry was at the crease in a hectic final over that secured the Scorchers their second consecutive title, ramping Sydney Sixers bowler Brett Lee for a crucial boundary.