Michael Carberry is in a unique yet significant minority of England’s Ashes tourists who feel a debt of gratitude to Shane Warne.
Carberry chalked up his maiden England hundred in an unbroken stand of 318 alongside Alastair Cook in Hobart.
The journeyman left-hander’s share was almost equal to his captain - 153 not out plays 154 - in England’s highest opening stand since a Test alliance between Cyril Washbrook and Len Hutton 65 years ago.
Carberry believes the positive influence of Warne as his captain at Hampshire gave him the freedom and confidence to establish himself.
Warne has hardly made himself popular with Carberry’s current England team-mates in recent days, having reissued his critique of Cook’s “negative” and “boring” captaincy and questioned the wisdom of Joe Root as a Test opener in Australia.
While Root noisily powered away on a gym rowing machine yards away from Carberry’s post-match press conference, the 33-year-old said: “ I think Shane Warne is basically the reason why I actually got a chance to play Test cricket,” he said. “I was a young guy, a little bit lost in county cricket. I came to Hampshire - and from day one, he made me feel very much at home and gave me the backing every young player needs.”