Ashes 2013: Simon Kerrigan happy with ‘surreal’ England call-up

Ashes 2013: Simon Kerrigan admits he is still coming to terms with his "surreal" call-up to England's squad for the fifth Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Simon Kerrigan has described the experience of being called up to England’s Ashes squad for the fifth Test as “surreal”.

The uncapped Lancashire spinner was drafted into the 14-man squad, alongside Chris Woakes, after Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions were ruled out due to injury.

Kerrigan has taken 47 wickets in this season’s LV= County Championship Division Two, catching the eye of the England selectors ahead of The Oval Test.

And the 24-year-old is aiming to be ready should he be handed a place in the Test side.

“I found out yesterday when I got a call from (national selector) Geoff Miller. I’m delighted to be selected, but it was a bit hard to take in when he rang. It all felt a bit surreal to be honest,” Kerrigan told the ECB’s website.

“I’ve been inundated with good luck (messages) and congratulations. My phone went into a bit of a meltdown this morning, and I’m grateful for all the messages and good wishes.”

“Hopefully I can impress over the next couple of days and be ready if they choose two spinners,” Kerrigan added.

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