Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kerrigan's Seventh Heaven Has the Spinner Dreaming of an Ashes Call

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Kerrigan's Seventh Heaven Has the Spinner Dreaming of an Ashes Call

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LAST week former England coach David Lloyd tweeted Simon Kerrigan should be in the England squad for this winter's Ashes tour.

Well the way the Lancashire spinner is going, he could be in the Ashes squad by the end of this summer!

Having taken 7-63 in Northamptonshire's second innings to help the Red Rose to victory at Wantage Road last week, he finished with another seven wickets on day two of the LV= County Championship match against Glamorgan at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday.

He is only the third Lancashire player to take seven wickets or more in consecutive innings since 1960 - the other two being Gary Keedy and Muttiah Muralitharan. That's not bad company to be in. And what's even more impressive is that the 24-year-old achieved the second part of the double on a track which is showing little sign of turn and is proving to be a batsman's paradise.

Murray Goodwin certainly thought so as he produced the highest innings by a Glamorgan player at Old Trafford by making 194 in a seven-and-a-half hour marathon innings to help the visitors reach 474 in their first innings.

And Jim Allenby made batting look easy as he smashed two sixes in three balls off Glen Chapple on his way to 92 as he shared a 155- run partnership with Goodwin.

Karl Brown (48no) and Luis Reece (42no) showed the pitch is showing no signs of deteriorating as they took Lancashire to 93-0 at the close. It all made Glamorgan's collapse at the hands of Kerrigan even more remarkable as, having resumed the day on 315-3, they lost their last six wicket for just 66 runs - with Kerrigan claiming four of them.

Kerrigan is now the leading spinner in the country in terms of Championship wickets with 39. That's 23 more than Monty Panesar and 18 more than the next English-qualified spinner on the list, Leicestershire's Jigar Naik.

Although Panesar, who trained with England at Lord's yesterday, is next in line behind Graeme Swann if England are thinking of playing two spinners in the third Test at Emirates Old Trafford next month - which is a possibility - Kerrigan can't be far behind on the selectors' radar. …

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