Aug 22 2013 by Jamie Bowman, Ormskirk Advertiser
AN Ormskirk cricketer could become an Ashes hero after being called up for the England squad to play Australia.
Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan was named in England’s 14-man squad for this week’s fifth Test at the Oval where a thumping 4-0 series win over the Aussies could be sealed.
Although Simon was not expected to make the final line-up, the 24-year-old, who has played for Ormskirk CC since 2008, is now likely to tour Australia for the return Ashes series this winter.
“I found out when I got a call from [national selector] Geoff Miller,” he said.
“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. Hopefully I can impress over the next couple of days and be ready if they choose two spinners.
“I’ve been inundated with good luck messages and congratulations. My phone went into a bit of a meltdown, and I’m grateful for all the messages and good wishes.”
Since joining Ormskirk five years ago, Simon has helped the club to win two league titles, taking 228 wickets in the process. In 2011 he played a key role in winning Lancashire’s first County Championship for over 70 years.
“Simon really deserves his chance with England and we always thought he was destined for great things,” said Ian Robinson, Ormskirk’s 1st XI captain.
“I texted him on Sunday to congratulate him and he replied saying he was absolutely manic but he also took the time to congratulate me on our semi-final win in the Ray Digman Trophy which shows how much he cares for Ormskirk.
“There’s a famous picture of him mopping up the water on our pitch just two days after he won the County Championship with Lancashire which kind of sums up just how down-to-earth he is.”
“It’s brilliant for the club and we are all very proud of him.”
The last Liverpool Competition player to play for England in a Test was St Helens Recs' opening bowler, Ken Shuttleworth, who made his debut at during the 1970-1971 Ashes series, taking 5-47 in Australia's second innings.