Daily Star|November 24, 2021
Parkinson chases Ashes dream

MATT PARKINSON has not abandoned hope of grabbing a last-minute invitation to the Ashes party, if England can get over their nerves about legspin.

The Lancashire leggie hopes to star for the Lions in two warm-ups against Joe Root’s Test side before the series opener at the Gabba on December 8.

He believes a decent showing may lead to him being asked to stay on as part of a pool of reserve players in case injury strikes.

England have no leg-spin option in their main 17-man Ashes group despite many feeling Parkinson is more of a game-changer than Jack Leach or Dom Bess.

Parkinson conceded it is unfortunate for him to come from a country that has never had confidence fielding wrist-spinners in red-ball cricket.

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