England vs India: Sam Robson and Gary Ballance have confidence in Simon Kerrigan as he stands on the verge of England recall

Kerrigan had a debut to forget against Australia last year but England's lack of a top-class spinner has seen him recalled to the squad for the second Test against India

Sam Robson knows better than most that nerves can compromise a Test debut, and is confident England spinner Simon Kerrigan will up his game if he is granted a second chance this week.

Robson perhaps succumbed to the tension of the occasion when he made one and 19 at the top of the order in his first two Test innings against Sri Lanka on his home patch at Lord's last month.

He has since restated his case impressively as a long-term England opener with a maiden hundred at Headingley and then a half-century in the drawn first Investec Test against India at Trent Bridge.

England sent for Kerrigan after that stalemate in the midlands, adding the slow left-armer to their squad for the second Test at Lord's - despite his nightmare debut against Australia at The Oval last summer.

Kerrigan recorded figures of none for 53 in eight overs - figures which could easily have been worse, as he lost his range completely on the big stage - and was then not asked to bowl at all by Alastair Cook in the second innings.

Robson, however, has seen enough of the Lancashire spinner - on England Lions' tour of Sri Lanka last winter, then in the Nottingham nets last week - to be confident he will fare much better if selected again on Thursday.

"Things didn't go his way in his first Test," he told Sky Sports News.

"That can happen, that's the nature of the beast ... you've got to try to move on, and I'm sure he will.

"He's a strong character, a great guy - and he's bowling well."

Sam Robson is congratulated by Ian Bell on reaching his maiden century Sam Robson is congratulated by Ian Bell on reaching his maiden century Kerrigan was in the nets with England again on Tuesday, alongside all-rounder Moeen Ali - with Kent's uncapped off-spinner Adam Riley also invited along, even though he is not in the Test squad.

Robson has been impressed with Kerrigan's bowling whenever he has seen it at close quarters.

"He was with us at Trent Bridge all week and he bowled really well in the nets there.

"I've toured with him in Sri Lanka with the Lions in February and March, and he bowled well there.

"Depending on what happens, if he plays, I have got no doubt that he will do well."

It will not be a gamble, according to Robson, if Kerrigan is selected.

"Certainly not, no.

"You have tough games, whether you're a batter or bowler, fielder or catcher.

"That's life ... I'm sure he will be fine."

Gary Ballance on his way to a century against Sri Lanka Gary Ballance on his way to a century against Sri Lanka England's number three batsman Gary Ballance endorses Robson's opinion of Kerrigan.

"He bowled brilliantly in the nets (at Trent Bridge), and looked very confident and upbeat.

"I'm sure he'll be up for it.

"From what I've seen he's a quality bowler ... and he's going to come back better for that experience last year at The Oval.

"I have faith in him, and I'm sure everyone else does.

"I hope, if he does get a chance, everyone will get behind him - and he'll put in a good performance."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most