Shane Warne thinks Matt Parkinson could play ‘huge role’ for England in Ashes

Shane Warne asked England spinner Matt Parkinson to make his testing debut this summer and backed him up to play a major role in the Ashes, saying he was “perfectly suited to Australian conditions”.

The Lancashire bowler has experienced a turnaround of fortune after failing to play once on a tour of Sri Lanka and India in early 2021, the 24-year-old impressive in the recent one-day streak against the Pakistan after Covid-19 outbreak in Eoin Morgan’s white ball team saw him called.

This has again caught the attention of London head coach Spirit Warne, who believes Parkinson could even have an impact at Gabba where the former great Australian player recorded the best career numbers of eight for 71 against the England in 1994.

Warne said, “I think Parkinson’s is very, very good. I really like the look of his bowling style and he’s a great addition to white ball cricket, but I also see him playing a huge role in trial cricket especially in Australia.

“I would not be surprised in this first test match at Gabba if he is registered in the XI. I think about the Australian conditions, the pace he performs, the amount of bounce and spin he gets, I think he’s perfectly suited to the Australian conditions.

“So I think he has a big role to play and he could even play a test match throughout the summer. Jack Leach will likely be the starting spinner for England, but Matty Parkinson could get a gig at the Oval or Manchester, somewhere like that.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they watched him during the India series thinking of the Ashes down the track.”

Shane Warne has claimed 708 test wickets during his career (PA Archive)

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While Parkinson has yet to take his test, he is 23.69 in first-class cricket and has been a regular on Joe Root’s tour for the past two years, but failed to get the green light for to play.

Earlier in the summer, the Bolton-born spinner also got comparisons to Warne when a delivery against Northamptonshire pricked the stump of his leg before tearing to hit the top of the stump to sideline Adam Rossington.

This sparked memories of the ‘Ball of the Century’ produced by the Australian to Mike Gatting in the first Ashes Series Test of 1993.

“He’s pretty exciting, isn’t he?” I love watching it, ”added Warne. “I watched it from afar and have been very impressed so far.

“The good thing is that a lot of people would have told him to play fast, but he stuck with himself and what he does well.

“If I wanted a spinner to play fast, we would call them mediums. Spin bowlers are spin bowlers because they spin the ball and it does. If you swing, sew or spin the ball, you will be successful regardless of its format. He definitely does and I think he has a great rhythm. “

Warne will meet Parkinson in The Hundred with the Lancashire player in the Manchester Originals squad as the London Spirit boss braces for the jokes of two England Test members in his own squad.

Zak Crawley and Dan Lawrence can make the first two matches of the new 100-ball tournament before heading to the five-match test series with India.



I see him playing a huge role in Test Cricket, especially in Australia. I would not be surprised in this first test match at Gabba, if he is penciled in the XI.

Shane Warne on Matt Parkinson

“When we win the first game and have a leisurely beer afterwards, we may have to start a discussion with Ashes,” Warne revealed before urging England to be patient with Crawley, who struggled since his stunning 267 innings against Pakistan last summer.

“Zak Crawley is one of the most impressive young players I have seen in a long time. He has fantastic technique, both in rotation and in rhythm, he plays well, he has all the punches.

“Now it’s about him who thinks about certain situations and who thinks better of the game, who has more experience.

“I hope England will stay with Zak Crawley because he is as good a young player as I have seen him.”

Zak Crawley scored a double century for England last year (Alastair Grant / PA)

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With Warne and England white ball captain Morgan joining forces with London Spirit, the Lord’s based outfit should be bold and attacking.

The 51-year-old added: “He’s such an awesome guy, Morgs. I’ve always loved him from afar and I think he’s got a bit of a gamer mentality, a bit of poker, I’m all for it. actually agree with some things.

“He has the ability to get the best out of his players and the ability to inspire people too.

“Hope we make a pretty good combination and outfit together.”

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