Kerrigan, currently involved in Lancashire's County Championship match against Nottinghamshire in Liverpool, has played just one previous Test - which went embarrassingly poorly for him.
England eventually drew last year's final Ashes Test at The Oval, to close out a 3-0 series victory, but Kerrigan was unable to find his range on debut.
He finished with first-innings figures of none for 53 in just eight overs, and did not bowl in the second.
Spin options are, however, thin on the ground for England since Graeme Swann's mid-Ashes retirement last winter - and immediately after drawing the first Test against India at Trent Bridge, they added 25-year-old Kerrigan's name to the squad of 13 they selected for the series opener.
England squad: A Cook (capt), M Ali, J Anderson, G Ballance, I Bell, S Broad, C Jordan, S Kerrigan, L Plunkett, M Prior, S Robson, J Root, B Stokes, C Woakes.
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