Ashes 2013-14: Michael Carberry pays tribute to opening partner Alastair Cook
Michael Carberry paid tribute to opening partner Alastair Cook after the England captain made a gutsy fifty in Perth.
Last Updated: 14/12/13 4:06pm
England bagged Australia's last four wickets for 59 runs to bowl them out for 385 and then made a purposeful start with the bat as Carberry and Alastair Cook produced the best opening stand of the series to date with a partnership of 85.
Carberry - currently England's top run-scorer in the series - eventually fell for 43 as he played on off the bowling of Ryan Harris, but Cook would go on to make 72 as the tourists finished the day at 180-4.
Carberry, who was quick to pay tribute to his skipper for a gutsy knock, told Sky Sports: "I thought we played pretty well through some tough spots and it's nice to obviously get a decent platform up front for probably the first time in this series.
"I thought (captain Alastair Cook) Cookie played really, really well. It's nice to see him getting back to what we know he can do.
"He's had a lot on his plate the last few games and he's a really determined guy.
"He's scrapped hard today. I've seen him play more fluently but, in the in the context of the game, it was just what we needed - someone to dig in and keep the Aussies at bay."
Carberry paid the price for a misjudgment against Ryan Harris. A switch to round the wicket disorientated the left-hander sufficiently for a fatal hesitation over whether to leave or not, and, as he tried to take his bat out of the way, an involuntary edge cannoned back into the stumps.
But Carberry insisted he is relishing the challenge of his first Ashes series.
He continued: "I really enjoyed it. I've never played at Perth before, so it's all an adventure for me I guess.
"I've really enjoyed batting in Australia in general.
"It's tough up front and then, once you get through that new ball period, it can be quite nice. A nice place to bat and the ball came on beautifully to the bat."
The 33-year-old admitted England have been working on a different approach on the wicket in Perth due to the extra bounce.
"It's something we've discussed in various team talks about being decisive and making sure if you're going for certain shots that you commit to them or similarly when you're leaving them - which I didn't do too well," he added.