England news July 13, 2014

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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  • Rue 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • stuart 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

  • Dummy4 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!

  • SR 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Anil 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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