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Ashley believes he can help Kerrigan
Thursday 23rd October 2014

Ashley Giles has told Simon Kerrigan (pictured left) to forget about playing for England – for the near future at least.

Since struggling on his Test début against Australia at the Oval in 2013, when his eight overs went for 53 runs, the Lancashire spinner - a regular for Liverpool Competition champions Ormskirk - has struggled to recapture the sort of form that marked him out as a star of the future.

His 44 wickets in the LV= County Championship last season at an average of 35 was a good return in a side that was relegated from the top flight.

He was close to making a return for England when he was surprisingly called into the squad for the second Test against India at Lord's, although he didn't play, but both he and everyone at the club know there is more to come from the 25 year old.

Being a former left arm spin bowler himself, Giles is better placed than anyone to give Kerrigan advice on how to return to his best and the new Lancashire head coach and cricket director has already offered one piece.

"If I was him I wouldn't even think about playing for England again at the moment,” Giles said. "Be a young man over the winter, work hard at your cricket and then give it a good run next year. He won’t be alone in finding the transition to international cricket difficult.

“I want him to enjoy his cricket at Lancashire and to be successful and help us go up as champions of Division Two next year. There is stuff we can talk about together. When the ball is spinning he is far more attacking than I was, but there are certainly areas we can talk about and, hopefully, I can help him with my experience."