Saker: Kerrigan 'in the frame' for recall

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Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan could be getting a call up to the England squad for the second Test against India.

Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan could be getting a call up to the England squad for the second Test against India, after a good domestic season has rebuilt his reputation after his disastrous Test debut.

Kerrigan was chucked in at the deep end against Australia in the Ashes earlier this year, and bowled just eight overs in the Test and gave up 53 runs for no wickets. He was visibly nervous then, but has rediscovered his form.

England have missed having a front line spinner since Graeme Swann's retirement, and while they have Moeen Ali and Joe Root to call on, a proper spinner w noticeably absent in the first Test.

England bowling coach David Saker told Sky Sports News: "He's in the frame – obviously we're in search of spinners.

"We'll have to go to Lord's and assess the conditions there but it's just good to get him around our group to give him more experience with us.

"He's doing well, he's got a fantastic first-class record and if you're looking for a someone to step in as a spinner you could only look at him because of the stats he's producing."

Lancashire would have to find a replacement for their top tweaker if Kerrigan got the call for the second Test, but skipper Glenn Chapple was more concerned that Kerrigan have a good go if selected.

He said: "He played last summer and he's probably one of the best young spinners in the country. He's an excellent prospect and a good spinner all round.

"The way it works [if Kerrigan was called up] is you just replace him with a like-for-like bowler and we've got three or four spinners at the club so we'll be covered."

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