Hampshire and England opening batsman Michael Carberry has been signed by reigning KFC Big Bash champions Perth Scorchers for the 2015 edition of the franchise T20 tournament.
The second top scorer for the Ageas Bowl outfit in the shortest form this season, Carberry will be captained by former Hampshire batsman Adam Voges in Western Australia.
“It’s an exciting competition and exciting times for Carbs"
The strong, hard-hitting left hander helped Hampshire to their fifth consecutive finals day in 2014, and will be looking to put the demons of his last tour Down Under to rest, after he played in all five of England's Ashes defeats last winter.
Also playing for the BBL Champions will be Yasir Arafat, the T20 journeyman who will be a teammate of Carberry's on the south coast next summer, after being signed up for the domestic T20 campaign.
"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," Hampshire's Director of Cricket, Giles White, told the club's website.
“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."
Carberry will be hoping this trip to Australia will be more enjoyable than the one he took at the end of last year, where he was a part of the England Ashes squad beaten 5-0.
Not Fond Memories
It was a trying time for the 34-year-old as he struggled to impose himself in the bowling conditions Down Under, though he was one of the better performers on a dismal tour. That is why there has been some surprise that he has since lost his place in the team.