Michael Carberry believes he completed only “half the job” with his maiden one-day international half-century which helped England level the NatWest Series against Australia.
Carberry combined with captain Eoin Morgan in a stand of 104 as England recovered, after Clint McKay’s hat-trick, to pull off a chase of 227 all out.
The three-wicket victory in Cardiff owed even more perhaps to Jos Buttler’s second consecutive ODI fifty - but either way, opener Carberry’s reward for his effort is the opportunity to push for a 2-1 series success in front of his home crowd at the Ageas Bowl.
The Hampshire left-hander, whose sole Test match came against Bangladesh in Chittagong three-and-a-half years ago, had hoped to make his Twenty20 international debut in Southampton earlier this month.
England stuck with former Hampshire batsman Michael Lumb and Alex Hales for that match - but after a sticky start to his ODI career, 32-year-old Carberry will have his chance in his most familiar surroundings after all on Monday.
Carberry’s first three ODI innings had brought him just 15 runs. After adding a crucial 63 in Wales, he said: “I was pleased I got myself in, still my first ODI series, and got a few runs in a winning cause. I still think it was half a job done, though. So I’ve something to work on to make sure, if I get in, I can be finishing it off.”
Yorkshire’s hopes of closing the gap on LV= County Championship Division One leaders Durham were frustrated by rain at Hove.
After Yorkshire had sent down 30 overs of joke bowling to set up a run chase against Sussex, their pursuit of a target of 300 in 64 overs was ended after 20 overs following a torrential downpour.
They had reached 81 for two when the players shook hands and their failure to force a result, allied to Durham’s nine wicket win over Derbyshire, has left them 27.5 points behind with two games to play. Durham can clinch the title by winning at home to Nottinghamshire next week.
The Tykes have to beat both Middlesex and Surrey convincingly and hope that Durham slip up but it looks a forlorn prospect.
Yorkshire sent in Liam Plunkett to try and give their chase a rousing start but he was well held by Sussex skipper Ed Joyce at mid-wicket in the eighth over with the score on 22. And their hopes suffered another blow when Phil Jacques was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Ashar Zaidi to give the Sussex debutant a fifth wicket in the match.
Adam Lyth and Kane Williamson added 42 in 10 overs before the second cloudburst of the innings.