Kerrigan: I am good enough for Test cricket

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Spinner Simon Kerrigan is determined to rectify the wrongs of the past, ahead of the England Performance Programme squad's tour of Australia.

Spinner Simon Kerrigan is determined to rectify the wrongs of the past, ahead of the England Performance Programme squad's tour of Australia.

Kerrigan endured a poor debut against the Aussies earlier this year, proving expensive and going without a wicket in the fifth and final fixture at The Oval.

He was subsequently omitted from the 17-man touring party for the Ashes series later this year, but gained selection for a strong EPP unit.

"I think I am better off having the experience at 24 than I would have been making my debut at 32," Kerrigan told <i>ecb.co.uk</i>.

"I have still got plenty to learn with my game and I feel like I can come back stronger and sort of prove to everyone."

The EPP squad will play two three-day fixtures against Queensland in Brisbane and Western Australia in Perth, with Kerrigan eager to exploit the conditions on offer.

"You get a bit of bounce, maybe, but I think there will be a bit of wear on any pitch after three or four days," he added.

"If I can keen progressing and keep learning, I feel like my game is more than good enough for Test cricket."

England ODI and T20I wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler, meanwhile, has moved from Somerset – and will join the 24-year-old Kerrigan at Lancashire next season.

"He is a great signing for us and he will fit right in. He is a good lad and all the lads will warm to him pretty well," concluded Kerrigan. "His finishing is what he will add, which is an area we have struggled."

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