England call up Kerrigan

  • Last Updated: July 13 2014, 18:24 BST

England have added left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan to their squad for the second Investec Test against India at Lord's.

Simon Kerrigan: Recalled by England for the second Test
Simon Kerrigan: Recalled by England for the second Test

Kerrigan, currently involved in Lancashire's LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire in Liverpool, has played just one previous Test - which went embarrassingly poorly for him.

England eventually drew last year's final Ashes Test at The Oval, to close out a 3-0 series victory, but Kerrigan was unable to find his range on debut.

He finished with first-innings figures of none for 53 in just eight overs, and did not bowl in the second.

Spin options are, however, thin on the ground for England since Graeme Swann's mid-Ashes retirement last winter - and immediately after drawing the first Test against India at Trent Bridge, they added 25-year-old Kerrigan's name to the squad of 13 they selected for the series opener.

England captain Alastair Cook said he had full confidence in Kerrigan.

He said on Sky Sports 2: "We want have an option in case it's hot and dry at Lord's and might spin more.

"Simon is a tough lad. He went away with the Lions and did well. I have no doubt in his toughness and he will be a fine bowler for England."

England squad: A Cook (capt), M Ali, J Anderson, G Ballance, I Bell, S Broad, C Jordan, S Kerrigan, L Plunkett, M Prior, S Robson, J Root, B Stokes, C Woakes.


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