Warne tips Parkinson for England Test debut

23 July 2021 19:56:02 GMTPlus10

Australian legend Shane Warne expects England leg-spinner Matt Parkinson to play a "big role" in the Ashes at the end of the year and make his Test debut at some stage this summer.

England are 2.75 to beat India, who are 4.33 to win, with the draw 2.20 in the first Test between the sides next month.

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Parkinson, who has represented Lancashire since 2016, failed to feature against either Sri Lanka or India at the start of the year but has impressed for England in their recent one-day-international series with Pakistan.

The 24-year-old took five wickets across the three ODI encounters and is now being tipped to break into the England Test
team in time for the next edition of the Ashes.

Parkinson is yet to feature for the Test side but has averaged 23.69 with the ball in first-class cricket and has taken 86 wickets in his 28 matches.

The spinner is involved in the inaugural version of The Hundred this summer, playing for Manchester Originals, but Warne believes he could also soon be in line for Test involvement and believes his style of play suits Australian conditions.

Speaking about spin-bowler Parkinson, Warne said: "He is a great addition to white-ball cricket but also I see him playing a huge part in Test cricket, especially in Australia.

"I wouldn't be surprised in that first Test match at the Gabba if he is pencilled in the 11 - the pace he bowls, the amount of bounce and spin he gets, I think he is perfectly suited to Australian conditions.

"So I think he has a big role to play and he might even play a Test match through the summer."

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