Shane Warne says Matt Parkinson could play huge role for England in Ashes | Cricket News
Posted On July 23, 2021
The legendary spinner says Parkinson is “perfectly suited to Australian conditions” and should be in pencil for the first Ashes test if England decide to watch him in this summer’s five-test round against India, which is live on Sky Sports Cricket in August
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Shane Warne has asked England spinner Matt Parkinson to make his test debut this summer and backed him up to play a major role in the Winter Ashes.
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 once again caught the attention of London Spirit head coach Warne who believes Parkinson could even have an impact at Gabba where the former great Australian player recorded the best career numbers of 8-71 against England in 1994.
Warne said: “I think Parkinson is very, very good. I really like the look of the way he plays and he’s a great addition to white ball cricket, but I also see him playing a huge role in Test. cricket, especially in Australia.
“I wouldn’t be surprised in that first practice match at Gabba if he’s penciled in the XI. I’m thinking of the Australian conditions, the pace he’s throwing, the amount of bounce and spin he’s getting, I think it is perfectly suited to Australian conditions.
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“So I think he has a big role to play and he could even play a test match throughout the summer. Jack Leach will probably be the England spinner, 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.”
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.
Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson stirred memories of Shane Warne’s legendary delivery to Mike Gatting in 1993 with this sensational balloon to Adam Rossington of Northamptonshire. (Video footage: BCE)
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 him,” added Warne. “I watched him 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’s stuck with himself and what he’s good for.
“If I wanted a spinner to play fast, we would call them pace makers. Spin bowlers are spin bowlers because they spin the ball and it does. If you swing, sew or spin the ball, you will succeed no matter what. format it is. He definitely does and I think he has a nice pace. “
Warne will meet Parkinson in The Hundred, with the Lancashire player in the Manchester Originals squad as the London Spirit boss braces for the banter of two England Test members in his own squad.
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“When we win the first game and have a leisurely beer afterwards, maybe we need to start a little conversation with Ashes,” Warne revealed before urging England to be patient with Crawley, who has 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.
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“Now it’s about him thinking about certain situations and thinking about the game better, having more experience.
“I hope England will stay with Zak Crawley because he is as good a young player as I have seen him.”
With Warne and England white ball captain Morgan joining forces with the London Spirit, the Lord-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 a poker ‘I’m thoroughly ‘with some of the stuff.
“He has the ability to get the best out of his players and the ability to inspire people too.
“I hope we make a pretty good combination and team up together.”