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Simon Kerrigan vows to bounce back from disappointing England Test debut

Simon Kerrigan: Smashed out of the attack at The Oval

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Simon Kerrigan is determined to learn from his disappointing England debut as he bids to seal a place on this winter's return Ashes tour.

The spinner earned a surprise call-up for the fifth and final Test of the summer at the Oval, but he was hit out of the attack as he conceded 53 runs from only eight overs on the first day.

He was not called on again to bowl by captain Alastair Cook, who relied on Graeme Swann and part-time seamer Jonathan Trott to give his pace attack a rest.

But the Lancashire bowler is confident he can bounce back from the experience and bowl his way back into contention for a place on the plane for the return series.


Kerrigan, who has taken 54 LV= County Championship Division Two wickets this season, said: "I'm my own biggest critic and I was really disappointed with how it went.

"I tried to rely on the times where I've been nervous but also come out of the other side and done really well from that. I wouldn't say it was just nerves.

"Technically, it didn't click. That's what happens with young spinners. I'm 24, still learning my action and still learning the game.

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"I was feeling sorry for myself for a couple of days (afterwards), but getting back into things straight away with Lancashire helped.

"(England team director) Andy Flower took me to one side (at The Oval) and said 'you are far better off having the experience you've had now rather than

getting a go in four or five years, and it would be an even greater story if you bounced back from it and had a prospering Test career'.

"As long as I keep an energy about myself, wanting to get better - an experience like that drives you on to get better, get back into the side and, if you get another chance, prove what you can do."

Former England captain David Gower admitted he had sympathy for Kerrigan's plight, describing his performance as "a nightmare".

"There is no real way of easing someone in," Gower said. "Whether it is a Test match, a one-day match or a T20 match there are relative pressures to each form of the game.

"We all felt for Kerrigan, there wasn't a man in that ground who didn't feel some sort of sympathy for what was an obvious nightmare.

"But whichever form of the game you have a chance in you are going to have pressure on you. We all hope that when people are identified that when they get the chance it will go well for them because it is the dream of every cricketer to play international cricket."