Shane Warne backs Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson for Ashes call-up for England

Shane Warne backs Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson for England Ashes call-up and believes he is ‘perfectly suited to Australian conditions’

  • Matt Parkinson impressed for Lancashire and could get a call up to England Engeland
  • Shane Warne believes fellow leg spinner would do well on Ashes tour
  • Warne said: ‘I think he can play a big part in Test cricket, especially in Australia’

Shane Warne has backed Lancashire leg spinner Matt Parkinson to play in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane in December, stressing that he is “perfectly suited to Australian conditions”.

Parkinson, who recently played in five of six white-ball games against Pakistan, has taken 24 wickets out of 19 in the county championship this summer – including a leg fracture to sack Northamptonshire captain Adam Rossington, which went viral and sparked comparisons with Warne’s ‘Ball of the Century’ to Mike Gatting in 1993.

He has yet to play Test cricket.

Matt Parkinson has what it takes to thrive on an Ashes tour for England, says Shane Warne

Warne, who coaches London Spirit in the Hundred, praised Parkinson's

Warne, who coaches London Spirit in the Hundred, praised Parkinson’s

“I think Parkinson’s is very, very good,” said Warne, who coaches London Spirit in the Hundred.

“He’s a great addition to English whiteball cricket, but I think he can also play a big part in Test cricket, especially in Australia.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he is actually in the playing XI for that first test match at the Gabba.

“With the pace he bowls and the amount of bounce and spin he gets, he’s perfectly suited to Australian conditions. He has a big part to play.

“A lot of people will have told him to bowl faster, but he stays true to himself and what he’s good at.

“If you can spin the ball, you will be successful no matter what the form of the game is. I think he bowls at a nice pace.’

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