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December 14, 2006
The first day at Perth was all about Monty Panesar. Kept out of the side for the first two matches, Panesar leapt at the opportunity to make an impact, becoming only the second spinner ever to take a five-for in the first innings of a Perth match, after Bruce Yardley. Apart from those two, only Shane Warne and Abdul Qadir have taken three or more wickets in the first innings here.
|Monty Panesar||5 for 92||Australia, 2006-07|
|Bruce Yardley||5 for 107||England, 1982-83|
|Shane Warne||4 for 83||New Zealand, 1997-98|
|Shane Warne||3 for 75||Sri Lanka, 1995-96|
|Abdul Qadir||3 for 121||Australia, 1983-84|
Panesar also became only the fourth spinner to take a five-for at this venue in a Test, and the fifth to take one in all international matches. The only ones before him were Yardley and Bishan Bedi (both twice), and Daniel Vettori. Interestingly, four of the five five-fors here have been taken by left-arm spinners (Yardley is the exception): the only one in ODIs was by Ravi Shastri. The best that Shane Warne has managed is 4 for 83 against New Zealand in 1997-98.
|Bruce Yardley||6 for 84||Test||Pakistan, 1981-82|
|Daniel Vettori||6 for 87||Test||Australia, 2001-02|
|Bishan Bedi||5 for 89||Test||Australia, 1977-78|
|Monty Panesar||5 for 92||Test||Australia, 2006-07|
|Bishan Bedi||5 for 105||Test||Australia, 1977-78|
|Bruce Yardley||5 for 107||Test||England, 1982-83|
|Ravi Shastri||5 for 15||ODI||Australia, 1991-92|
47 - The opening partnership between Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. It's their highest in nine tries at Perth.
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