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Kerrigan expects to bounce back

Simon Kerrigan chats to ecb.co.uk about his eventful summer

Spinner Simon Kerrigan is determined to prove his critics wrong and overcome a disappointing Test debut.

The Lancashire tweaker did not enjoy the best of times in a wicketless bow, proving expensive after being selected in the fifth and final Investec Ashes encounter at the Kia Oval.

Now preparing for a trip down under with the EPP, Kerrigan is confident in his ability to bounce back and catch the selectors’ eyes once more.

“I think I am better off having the experience at 24 than I would have been making my debut at 32,” Kerrigan told ecb.co.uk.

“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.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming tour, he added: “The conditions are pretty flat generally for spin, which will be a good test.

“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.

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

Kerrigan will also be tested next season as Lancashire prepare for their return to Division One of the LV= County Championship having been promoted last season.

“It was our goal at the start of the season to get back to Division One,” he said. “Thankfully we achieved it.

“My performances were an improvement on last year so it’s going in the right direction. It will be a good test next year and hopefully I can repeat what I’ve done this year.”

The aim for the Red Rose now is to repeat their feat of 2012 by winning the top-tier title.

“I think we have got a more improved squad from the one we had the previous year,” he said. “We do not know whether Simon Katich will come back or not and obviously he was amazing this year.

“But all of our younger players from three years ago have improved and hopefully we will be going into it next year stronger.”

Lancashire’s hopes have only been strengthened, too, by the addition of Somerset and England starlet Jos Buttler.

“He is a great signing for us and he will fit right in,” said Kerrigan. “He is a good lad and all the lads will warm to him pretty well.

“His one-day finishing is what he will add, which is an area we have struggled. I am sure he will want to get plenty of championship runs as well and hopefully he can.”

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