Monty Panesar, the turbanator for England
January 28, 2006 | Cricket
Monty Panesar will join England in tour party to India , the ECB announced at a press conference at Lord’s on Friday. Panesar, the 23-year-old uncapped left-arm slow bowler, will be England’s third spinner alongside Shaun Udal and Ashley Giles – if Giles is fit enough: Ian Blackwell will be on standby to replace him.
Panesar got the nod ahead of Blackwell and Alex Loudon, having staked a strong claim with 46 wickets for Northamptonshire at 21.54 apiece in last season’s Championship. He has also represented England Under-19 and attended the ECB Academy in the winter of 2002. He has received criticism for his batting and fielding in the past, but went to Darren Lehmann’s Academy in Adelaide to work on these disciplines this winter, and the move appears to have paid off.
Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: “Monty has done very well for Northamptonshire over a period of time and I am sure he will be really excited at the prospect of touring India.”