Thornton Heath’s Carberry bats his way back after cancer

Michael Carberry, the Thornton Heath-born Test batsman, could be about to make a comeback in county cricket this summer, less than a year after undergoing urgent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour.

Michael Carberry is looking forward to playing cricket after cancer treatment. Picture: Dave Vokes Photography’

Carberry, 36, who started his career at The Oval with Surrey before joining Kent, has been in impressive form in pre-season games for his latest county, Hampshire.

Yesterday, he scored 107 in a friendly at Southampton yesterday, after having smashed a 41-ball 78 in a T20 win against Durham University in the Caribbean earlier this month.

The opener, who has six England caps as well as having played for his country in one-day and T20 internationals, has issued a statement to thank friends, supporters and “my teammates worldwide” for their support in what he describes as “another very tough time in my career and life”.

Carberry said, “There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpour of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing, and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.”

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