Ashes 2013-14: England's Michael Carberry 'could open in first Test'

Michael Carberry could open for England in the first Ashes Test in Australia, says batting coach Graham Gooch.

The left-hander scored 78 in the absence of injured Alastair Cook in the first tour match and 153 not out in the rain-affected second game.

"Michael took his chance in the first game and we wanted to see a little more of him," Gooch told BBC Radio 5 live.

"He's done his chances no harm and Joe Root batted in the middle order when he started, so those options are open."

England's Ashes tour itinerary

31 Oct-2 Nov: Drew with Western Australia Chairman's XI, Perth

6-9 Nov: v Australia A, Hobart

13-16 Nov: v New South Wales XI, Sydney

21-25 Nov: 1st Test, Brisbane

29-30 Nov: v Chairman's XI, Alice Springs

5-9 Dec: 2nd Test, Adelaide

13-17 Dec: 3rd Test. Perth

26-30 Dec: 4th Test, Melbourne

3-7 Jan 2014: 5th Test, Sydney

Root, 22, was promoted to open alongside captain Cook during the 3-0 home Ashes series win this summer, although he made only one half-century in addition to his 180 in the Lord's Test.

Hampshire's Carberry has played a solitary Test, making 30 and 34 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2010.

Gooch added: "Michael Carberry is 33 years of age, he was in the England set-up a few years ago and he had that illness which put a block on his career.

"He's got a second opportunity here and he's done very well. I don't think the team selection is finalised yet."

Carberry and Cook, who is 154 not out, are set to resume their unbroken stand of 318 on day four of England's rain-affected second warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart.

Yorkshire's Root is scheduled to bat at number five should England opt to continue batting when the final day's play gets under way at 22:30 GMT on Friday.

England complete their preparations for the first Test with a four-day game against a New South Wales XI - augmented by guest players from other states - in Sydney, starting on 13 November.

The first Test at the Gabba starts on 21 November.