August 11, 2006

Pakistan in England

Fletcher - The Monty maniac

Nishi Narayanan
Monty Panesar celebrates the removal of Imran Farhat, England v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Old Trafford, July 29, 2006
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Fletcher is a fellow who by habit will look on a glass as half-empty rather than half-full and, since Panesar's elevation to the England side, it is the spinner's shortcomings with bat and in the field, rather than potential with the ball, that have occupied the coach's attention.

A brilliant the past week appears to have swayed the hangdog coach towards the view that he might just have a genius on his hands.

But can Panesar play Warne's role in England's four-man attack for the Ashes? Read Mike Selvey's piece in The Guardian for more.

Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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