Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Parkinson Has Plenty of Time to Prove Point In

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Parkinson Has Plenty of Time to Prove Point In

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MATTHEW Parkinson is out to show that Lancashire don't need to draft in an overseas spinner for their Specsavers County Championship campaign again next season.

Red Rose head coach Glen Chapple brought in South African Test player Keshav Maharaj for the final four matches this year in a bid to save the club from relegation.

He eventually only played in three, but did take 17 wickets - including 11 against Somerset in that dramatic tied match - although Lancashire still ended up dropping out of the top flight.

There were plenty of Lancashire supporters questioning the decision not to stick with 22-year-old legspinner Parkinson for the final few matches of the campaign.

But the former Bolton School pupil says he took it on the chin, and sees it as motivation to improve his own game.

"It wasn't a great end to the season," he told M.E.N. Sport. "But that's professional sport.

"Keshav Maharaj is an unbelievable bowler and he did really well for us.

"When the club has the chance to sign a Test bowler, they would be stupid to turn it down. He is a worldclass performer.

"You have to look at it in that mindset and not get too bothered by it.

"The idea was for us to play together, but that didn't really happen. And he showed his class at Taunton when he took a bagful of wickets.

"I have no hard feelings. It was just a shame that the season petered out for me after how well I'd been doing.

"It makes you look at your own game. I know I have areas I need to work on to make myself more selectable, especially in red ball cricket.

"If I can get better in those areas this winter, that will stand me in good stead.

"I am still learning a lot in all formats of the game."

Parkinson will have plenty of chance to learn over what will be a busy winter. He first jets off to the UAE along with Lancashire teammates Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood and Alex Davies for a four-day 'Test', five 50-over games and two T20s all against Pakistan A. …

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