SIMON KERRIGAN believes he can still become a success at international level despite his chastening England Test debut.
The Ormskirk spin-bowler suffered badly after being handed his first senior cap for his country in last month's fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.
He managed to bowl just eight overs, at a cost of 53 runs, and was not used at all during Australia's second innings, as England wrapped up a 3-0 series win.
The 24-year-old has since returned to Lancashire, where he has been in fine form this season. His record of 54 wickets at an average of 20.30 is among the best in the country, though his chances of a call-up to the winter Ashes squad in Australia have been damaged.
Nonetheless, the Preston-born left-armer insists he still has what it takes to make an impact at Test level.
He said: "I'm my own biggest critic and I was really disappointed with how it went.
"You're expecting all the good things to happen and you're not really preparing yourself for something like that.
"The adrenaline was going and there were a few nerves, but I knew I'd be nervous because I was nervous when I made my second-team debut (for Lancashire), my first-team debut and my Lions debut.
"I tried to rely on the times where I've been nervous but also come out of the other side and done really well from that.
"I wouldn't say it was just nerves. Technically, it didn't click. That's what happens with young spinners. I'm 24, still learning my action and still learning the game.
"I was feeling sorry for myself for a couple of days, but getting back into things straight away with Lancashire helped.
"As long as I keep an energy about myself, wanting to get better - an experience like that drives you on to get better, get back into the side and, if you get another chance, prove what you can do."
He added: "If you'd said at the start of the season that all this would be happening, I wouldn't have believed you.”