Kerrigan won't go to Australia – at all

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England spinner Simon Kerrigan's bid to recover from an awful Test debut will continue in England, rather than Australia.

England spinner Simon Kerrigan's bid to recover from an awful Test debut will continue in England, rather than Australia.

Kerrigan went without a wicket across eight expensive overs against the Australians at The Oval earlier this year, and subsequently was not named in the squad for the return visit.

He was, however, named in the England Performance Programme touring party – but has since been withdrawn.

The 24-year-old will, instead, undertake a plan of development conceptualised by England and Wales Cricket Board spin bowling coach Peter Such.

"Simon undertook both winter tour programmes with the EPP and England Lions last winter and after further discussions with both Simon and Lancashire CCC, it has been decided that his career development will be best served by remaining in the UK in the pre-Christmas period," said ECB performance director David Parsons.

"He will remain part of the EPP and will continue to be considered for selection for the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka in the New Year."

The first Ashes Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host fixtures two, three, four and five respectively.

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