The first Test match between India and England ended in a draw, thanks to the pitch , which was a dead one. But one thing which England realised after the match was a need on a spinner in the eleven. Moeen Ali was far too expensive and picked wickets only when he was attacked.
To sort out this problem, England have picked left arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in the squad for the 2nd Test match at Lords. Earlier this year,Kerrigan made his debut against Australia in the final Ashes Test, after Graeme Swann decided to hang his boots. England don’t seem to have other options after Swann’s retirement as the most likely replacement , Monty Panesar has been left out due to his off field behaviour.
Kerrigan had a horrible debut as he went for 53 runs in his 8 overs , in the first innings and lost the captain’s faith even to get a go in the second innings. But with so less spin bowling options , Peter Moores and Alastair Cook has gone with him again.
Talking to the reporters, Kerrigan said that he had learned about the mental aspect of the game and on his bowling action. He added that he has learned from his 1st Test experience which had nothing positive in it, but added that it was not the end of the world for him. His job is to bowl spin and it will remain the same every day, he added. He is looking forward to a possible spot in the playing 11.
Alastair Cook told the reporters that Simon is a very tough guy and has fought back his way again into the team. He was confident of Kerrigan leaving his mark in the Test. James Anderson also showed faith in Simon’s ability as a Test bowler.
England and India will face each other on 17th for the 2nd Test match of the 5- Test match series , to be played at Lords.