Vaughan reveals Kerrigan fears
11:37pm Monday 14th July 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Former England captain Michael Vaughan fears for spinner Simon Kerrigan if he is selected for the second Investec Test against India at Lord's.
The Lancashire bowler was named in a 14-man squad for Thursday's clash which was announced at the close of play on Sunday at Trent Bridge, where the opening game in the five-match series ended as a draw.
Kerrigan suffered at the hands of Australia in his international debut last summer, bowling only eight overs and returning figures of nought for 53.
Vaughan does not believe the 25-year-old should be thrust into England's attack against India due to his current form for his county.
"I fear for Simon Kerrigan. He's got great potential, but I think England have thrown him back into the environment of international cricket far too soon," Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I really do think you have to look after the person.
"What is the rush? Why rush the young man back in? He did pretty well with the Lions in Sri Lanka. He hasn't pulled up any trees with Lancashire this season. Lancashire are second bottom.
"I would have sent him back to county cricket and told him, 'You've got five games, Lancashire are second bottom, dry wickets, it's going to turn. Our little goal to you at this stage of your career is to keep Lancashire in the first division'. That's pressure in itself.
"Throwing him out to bowl at Lord's potentially, against an Indian batting line-up that plays spin with its eyes shut, is unfair."
Vaughan admits he worries for Kerrigan's international future if he suffers an equally tough dismantling as he did against Australia.
"He's not in any kind of form," Vaughan added. "At least pick him when he's in form. He's hardly bowled.
"If the second one (Test match) goes badly what happens then? He might not come back from that again.
"If he goes out there on Thursday morning and all of a sudden the Indians climb into him... and it's like that situation with Shane Watson, he won't come back for England from that for a long, long time."