Yips is a phenomenon in which a player suffers from an apparent loss of motor skills without explanation, and shows many characteristics similar to a severe form of choking.
According to The Guardian, Selvey believes that the disintegration of Kerrigan's technique, despite his Lancashire exploits, due to Shane Watson's brutal attack, is unlikely to be 'yips' as England team psychologist Mark Bawden said that the affliction can affect even successful players who perform finely controlled motor skills.
Stating that Kerrigan looked like a 'lonely forlorn young fellow', Selvey said that the player might instead have been affected by performance anxiety or stage fright as he found himself in a situation in which various elements, which on their own may have had minimal effect, compounded to a humiliating degree.
According to Selvey, increasingly plagued by issues like an English debut, a chance to stake a claim for the winter tour, Watson's attacks, and finally a breakdown in his technique had brought Kerrigan down in the game, adding that it will constantly prey on his mind that the problem may happen again and again to him.
Stating that no Test side can afford to carry a player like Kerrigan who may have lost his faith in his technique, Selvey said that it is evident that Kerrigan is not in the same league as Monty Panesar despite his tribulations, as he has a weak front arm, which becomes too slow for this level of cricket.
--ANI (Posted on 26-08-2013)