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Kerrigan recalled to England squad

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Simon Kerrigan, the Lancashire left-arm spinner, has been recalled as part of a 14-man England squad for the second Investec Test against India at Lord's but admits he has not bowled as well as he would have hoped to so far this season.

The news of Kerrigan's inclusion confirmed what had been widely reported on Saturday evening and is the latest instalment in England trying to find a spin-bowling solution after the retirement of Graeme Swann.

It is a significant gamble by the England selectors to go back to Kerrigan less than a year after his traumatic debut against Australia at The Oval but he has been around the squad during the Trent Bridge Test following a winter where he played for England Lions in Sri Lanka.

Kerrigan, however, has learnt to accept what happened when he faced Australia where he was left with figures of none for 53 from eight overs and was not used by Alastair Cook after the opening day.

"I'd have liked to have bowled better so far this season but it's a work in progress," he said after the first day of the Championship match against Nottinghamshire during which he had been given confirmation of his recall by Mick Newell. "I have to learn from every experience I get and keep progressing.

"Over the winter I learned more about my action and about the mental side of the game. As a professional cricketer you're always learning. I learned from last year's Test that the sun will come up the day after that and that it's not the end of the world.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the first Test finished in a draw, Cook said: "He's bowled beautifully in the nets and it's good to have that option."

Kerrigan's returns for Lancashire this season have been solid but unspectacular with 28 wickets at 34.25 before the current match against Nottinghamshire began.

Quite how he would fit into the England side remains to be seen. It would need them to either go down to an attack of three specialist quicks or leave out one of the batsmen to accommodate Kerrigan. Something in his favour is the forecast of a warm period of weather at the start of the second Test.

"I keep striving for perfection and keep working towards my goal which is to get into the England side and to bowl well for England," he said. "It's a really good set up with Peter Moores, Paul Farbrace and Chris Taylor so I hope I can take a lot from last week into this week.

"There's not been a frontline spinner picked in the Tests so far, so you'd be lying a little bit if you said you weren't looking at that as a goal."

There is a concern over the workloads of England's quick bowlers. At Trent Bridge, James Anderson bowled 59 overs, Stuart Broad 54, Liam Plunkett 57 and Ben Stokes 52 after, in the case of the first three, having significant work during the Sri Lanka series.

The other 13 players in the squad are the ones that were in the initial party for Trent Bridge. Chris Jordan was left out in favour of Stokes while Chris Woakes has not made an appearance yet this season.

Another area that may have led to some consideration for the selectors was the fitness of Matt Prior who has appeared to labour with a thigh problem in the first Test. In tough keeping conditions he missed two low catches to follow a poor performance in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley although his low score with the bat was down to a incorrect umpiring decision when he was given caught behind.

Jos Buttler, his closest rival for the Test spot who was called up as cover when Prior was an injury doubt before the Test, scored another fifty for Lancashire on the first day against Nottinghamshire at Aigburth.

Squad Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Simon Kerrigan

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  • POSTED BY ruester on | July 15, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    What are the selectors thinking! they could destroy Kerrigans carear, he is not bowling great and now they want to throw him in against the best players of spin in the world. Moeen did struggle to stem the flow of runs but so did everybody else that bowled on that pitch. If we haven't a spinner who can take test wickets then let's stick with Moeen and play four seamers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Kerrigan will weaken England's batting. Moeen Ali's bowling is not worse than Kerrigan's; batting far superior, handles spinners fairly well, and puts everything behind his fielding efforts. IF the toss-up is between these two, the choice is Ali, for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    His figures for the season hardly suggest he is running through county teams so what chance does he have against the worlds most accomplished players of spin? If spin is required i would say go for an old hand like Batty or Cosker as a short term fill in. Both are having decent seasons and are experienced enough to deal with pressure.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | July 14, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Monty is not worth a place in first class cricket at the moment.Not sure why he has gone off the boil but he needs to show more class both in his bowling and life style

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Why no mention of Monty? Bowling in partnership with Swan in India he played a major part in our first win there for nearly 30 yers. Monty lost little in comparison tgo Swann - as a bowler. Monty has been messed about and has some personal problems which is why I guess there is a reluctance to pick him. England need to learn to manage and motivate him as he has proven ability and over 100 Test wickets. Nobody else in England comes close!

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | July 14, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Two words: Chris Schofield. What happens if the Indians target Kerrigan, like the Aussies did, and decimate his bowling within a few overs? Cook has shown he's very quick to lose confidence in someone - just ask Kerrigan - and then what happens to this young lad's career? Are there no decent senior spinners left in England?

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    i dont thing this is the right call of an spinner .Moeen is enough with these kind wicket in england.If jadega cant impact in a slow pitch ,I dnt thing anybody will do in the pace wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Ok Stokes for Kerrigan. What's the betting if Kerrigan and Ali bowl together Ali is the better bowler. Look at Kerrigans FC stats this year, they aren't very good, and his test bowling last year was nothing short of shocking. And that was against Aus who are not normally the best against spin. India on the other hand ARE.

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | July 14, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    English should have someone with express pace like Steve Finn to rattle Indian batting, with just 3 bowlers (Anderson/Broad and Plunket), they cannot achieve the desired results.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Nutcutlet mentioned about Batty. He was a decent prospect when he debuted. What happened to him later. Haven't been hearing about him for a long time.

  • POSTED BY ruester on | July 15, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    What are the selectors thinking! they could destroy Kerrigans carear, he is not bowling great and now they want to throw him in against the best players of spin in the world. Moeen did struggle to stem the flow of runs but so did everybody else that bowled on that pitch. If we haven't a spinner who can take test wickets then let's stick with Moeen and play four seamers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Kerrigan will weaken England's batting. Moeen Ali's bowling is not worse than Kerrigan's; batting far superior, handles spinners fairly well, and puts everything behind his fielding efforts. IF the toss-up is between these two, the choice is Ali, for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    His figures for the season hardly suggest he is running through county teams so what chance does he have against the worlds most accomplished players of spin? If spin is required i would say go for an old hand like Batty or Cosker as a short term fill in. Both are having decent seasons and are experienced enough to deal with pressure.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | July 14, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Monty is not worth a place in first class cricket at the moment.Not sure why he has gone off the boil but he needs to show more class both in his bowling and life style

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Why no mention of Monty? Bowling in partnership with Swan in India he played a major part in our first win there for nearly 30 yers. Monty lost little in comparison tgo Swann - as a bowler. Monty has been messed about and has some personal problems which is why I guess there is a reluctance to pick him. England need to learn to manage and motivate him as he has proven ability and over 100 Test wickets. Nobody else in England comes close!

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | July 14, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Two words: Chris Schofield. What happens if the Indians target Kerrigan, like the Aussies did, and decimate his bowling within a few overs? Cook has shown he's very quick to lose confidence in someone - just ask Kerrigan - and then what happens to this young lad's career? Are there no decent senior spinners left in England?

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    i dont thing this is the right call of an spinner .Moeen is enough with these kind wicket in england.If jadega cant impact in a slow pitch ,I dnt thing anybody will do in the pace wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Ok Stokes for Kerrigan. What's the betting if Kerrigan and Ali bowl together Ali is the better bowler. Look at Kerrigans FC stats this year, they aren't very good, and his test bowling last year was nothing short of shocking. And that was against Aus who are not normally the best against spin. India on the other hand ARE.

  • POSTED BY Anil_Koshy on | July 14, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    English should have someone with express pace like Steve Finn to rattle Indian batting, with just 3 bowlers (Anderson/Broad and Plunket), they cannot achieve the desired results.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Nutcutlet mentioned about Batty. He was a decent prospect when he debuted. What happened to him later. Haven't been hearing about him for a long time.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | July 14, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - couldn't agree more there! Even I look good in the nets! I don't see Kerrigan as being much of an improvement over Ali - both need to learn their spinning trades a little better and get a bit more consistent, but Ali has the advantage that he is a damned good bat as well. Kerrigan is just as much of a risk, so if a change is needed, then an old head who can tie down an end would be preferred.

    Personally though, I don't think they need a change. Ali hasn't been amazing but he has good attributes as a spinner and kept his head when the Indians went after him, give him a few months of this and he could be a very valuable cricketer for England. Besides, it's India in England, surely we have to be relying on our seamers to get the wickets?!?

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Ben Stokes? Really could not stoke the fire expected of him. Kerrigan? Carry gun? A slow left arm pop gun? There is a fairly good chance that against the Indian batsmen, it may backfire! I think, Jordan deserved some more opportunities before being discarded.

    Thank God, the search for a new weapon is for test matches. Otherwise England selectors, as is their wont, would have turned back to Dernbach; their perennial favourite! Why so; it is difficult to fathom.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 14, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Its a good option.he is a frontline spinner and not a part time bowler.his average is around 28.so he is a decent lad.we indians play spin well but not in foreign conditions.i hope chris jordan also play rather than plunkett!and kerrigan plays at the expense of ben stokes.because even england tail can wack.so no worry to drop an allrounder!good luck england and india for the nxt test at lords.

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | July 14, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Big mistake to include Kerrigan he's a average bowler at best he won't have much success against the Indians who will play him with no probs there's no point in trying to find a spinner if there's no decent spinners in England which from what I see there ain't any test level spinners in England your better off playing with your strengths with good seam attack and change it up to give the seamers abreak with root and Ali I don't see anything wrong with that

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | July 14, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Moeen Ali should be persisted with. you can't expect him to be top line spinner and batsman in just 1or 2 tests..give him confidence. he scored a 100, and his county bowling avg is not all that bad. stop chopping and changing.

    the only change should be made is at the top and that is Cook. drop him from captaincy and tell him to put up his socks with batting.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Kerrigan should pose no threat at all to India. Probably will get smashed for 8 overs and then get taken out by Cook for the rest of the game just like in the Ashes. The likes of Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Dhoni can all play spin just as well as Watson, if not better. It's gonna get ugly for England

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 13, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    "He's bowled beautifully in the nets and it's good to have that option." Says the skipper. Hm. Two points immediately spring to the alert mind: (1) Hundreds of cricketers have looked 'beautiful' players in the nets, but doing it in the middle, with a full house at Lord's...Not quite the same, is it? (2) So young Kerrigan is going to Lord's as an 'option'. No, he can't be an option, because that means he may not play. Which leaves England exactly in the same place - flogging the quicks to early retirements and with no genuine variety available among the specialist bowlers. Thus, he has to play, otherwise his selection is utter nonsense. This means that he must bottle up one end for protracted periods, going at less than 3.00 rpo. I tell you now, that is not SK's MO. Instance: playing for Lancs v Middx this year at Lord's, his stats were 17.3-2-87-1; rpo 4.97. Encouraging? To India, certainly! Batty would have been the right call. He knows his craft inside out. More muddled thinking.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | July 13, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Good news. The best English spinner in county cricket. 8 overs should not end his career. Would you drop a batsman who's scored a king pair on debut?

    Cook needs to show confidence in him. India will go after him. But Cook needs to back him.

    Of course being in the squad and playing in the match are different things. I hope he plays. But who for? That's the question. It'd be incredibly harsh on Ali given he scored a hundred vs Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Balladeer on | July 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    From what I know of Stokes, he leans more towards the batting end of the spectrum (despite his 0). Either way, I agree that he's the man in the firing line, although there's also the rotation of the other bowlers to consider.

    I'm glad that Kerrigan's being given another shot. He deserved better than his baptism of fire against Shane Watson on-form. Give him another chance to show what he's made of.

    But in the midst of everything, let's not forget that we've apparently found another batsman who can bowl creditable spin - step forward Gary Ballance. His one over did not look bad at all, according to most sources, and his leg breaks would provide a variation from Ali, Kerry and Rooty's off-spin. I hope that we'll see more of his bowling to come, and (entertaining though it was) a bit less of Cook's...

  • POSTED BY sundar02 on | July 13, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Come on ECB make more flat track to bring cook back in form. This plan is going to backfire and cook is on the end of road.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    straight swap for Stokes. Stokes has potential but is more of a bowler and has no batting form (yes he got 100 in Perth). Ali looks good with the bat and loomed good it this test though and got out to a short ball that didn't bounce. I doubt very much Stokes could bat all day without punching a locker at the end of it.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | July 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Test match without a specialist spinner is not a good idea it does't matter what type of pitch you are playing. Stokes & Woakes.... better to add Flintoff. Tredwell is better because you can't expect doosra, googly from a Eng, SA, NZ and Oz spinner and specially if you are playing with a sub- continent team. So, discipline, line & length can give some chances. no One is better than Tredwell to bowl discipline bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    If I had to select, I would select the following XI for England: Cook (c), Robson, Bell, Root, Ballance, Moeen, Butler (wk), Broad, Jordan, Anderson, Kerrigan.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 13, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Personally, I would have preferred a leggie like Borthwick or Rashid, but as others have said in previous articles, unfortunately it's their batting that has been noteworthy of late. Slim pickings really in the spin department, but I'm glad Kerrigan is being considered again and would love to see him get the nod for Lords.

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  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | July 13, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Personally, I would have preferred a leggie like Borthwick or Rashid, but as others have said in previous articles, unfortunately it's their batting that has been noteworthy of late. Slim pickings really in the spin department, but I'm glad Kerrigan is being considered again and would love to see him get the nod for Lords.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    If I had to select, I would select the following XI for England: Cook (c), Robson, Bell, Root, Ballance, Moeen, Butler (wk), Broad, Jordan, Anderson, Kerrigan.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | July 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    Test match without a specialist spinner is not a good idea it does't matter what type of pitch you are playing. Stokes & Woakes.... better to add Flintoff. Tredwell is better because you can't expect doosra, googly from a Eng, SA, NZ and Oz spinner and specially if you are playing with a sub- continent team. So, discipline, line & length can give some chances. no One is better than Tredwell to bowl discipline bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 13, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    straight swap for Stokes. Stokes has potential but is more of a bowler and has no batting form (yes he got 100 in Perth). Ali looks good with the bat and loomed good it this test though and got out to a short ball that didn't bounce. I doubt very much Stokes could bat all day without punching a locker at the end of it.

  • POSTED BY sundar02 on | July 13, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    Come on ECB make more flat track to bring cook back in form. This plan is going to backfire and cook is on the end of road.

  • POSTED BY Balladeer on | July 13, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    From what I know of Stokes, he leans more towards the batting end of the spectrum (despite his 0). Either way, I agree that he's the man in the firing line, although there's also the rotation of the other bowlers to consider.

    I'm glad that Kerrigan's being given another shot. He deserved better than his baptism of fire against Shane Watson on-form. Give him another chance to show what he's made of.

    But in the midst of everything, let's not forget that we've apparently found another batsman who can bowl creditable spin - step forward Gary Ballance. His one over did not look bad at all, according to most sources, and his leg breaks would provide a variation from Ali, Kerry and Rooty's off-spin. I hope that we'll see more of his bowling to come, and (entertaining though it was) a bit less of Cook's...

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | July 13, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Good news. The best English spinner in county cricket. 8 overs should not end his career. Would you drop a batsman who's scored a king pair on debut?

    Cook needs to show confidence in him. India will go after him. But Cook needs to back him.

    Of course being in the squad and playing in the match are different things. I hope he plays. But who for? That's the question. It'd be incredibly harsh on Ali given he scored a hundred vs Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 13, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    "He's bowled beautifully in the nets and it's good to have that option." Says the skipper. Hm. Two points immediately spring to the alert mind: (1) Hundreds of cricketers have looked 'beautiful' players in the nets, but doing it in the middle, with a full house at Lord's...Not quite the same, is it? (2) So young Kerrigan is going to Lord's as an 'option'. No, he can't be an option, because that means he may not play. Which leaves England exactly in the same place - flogging the quicks to early retirements and with no genuine variety available among the specialist bowlers. Thus, he has to play, otherwise his selection is utter nonsense. This means that he must bottle up one end for protracted periods, going at less than 3.00 rpo. I tell you now, that is not SK's MO. Instance: playing for Lancs v Middx this year at Lord's, his stats were 17.3-2-87-1; rpo 4.97. Encouraging? To India, certainly! Batty would have been the right call. He knows his craft inside out. More muddled thinking.

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Kerrigan should pose no threat at all to India. Probably will get smashed for 8 overs and then get taken out by Cook for the rest of the game just like in the Ashes. The likes of Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli and Dhoni can all play spin just as well as Watson, if not better. It's gonna get ugly for England

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame on | July 14, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Moeen Ali should be persisted with. you can't expect him to be top line spinner and batsman in just 1or 2 tests..give him confidence. he scored a 100, and his county bowling avg is not all that bad. stop chopping and changing.

    the only change should be made is at the top and that is Cook. drop him from captaincy and tell him to put up his socks with batting.