The Ashes 2013-14 October 24, 2013

We will look after Panesar - Cook

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Pastoral care will be on Alastair Cook's list of responsibilities in Australia, alongside run-scoring and captaincy, as England try to ensure that Monty Panesar does not suffer a return to the problems he encountered during the recent English season.

Panesar's 2013 season came off the rails following a night out in Brighton where he was fined for being drunk and disorderly after urinating on a bouncer. It was the tipping point for a collection of issues, which stretched back over the preceding year or more.

He subsequently left Sussex and joined Essex on loan where he began the process of repairing his form and reputation, although his season finished with suspended ban from the ECB for a 'kick' aimed at an opposition batsman, during a Championship match against Worcestershire*, when he became frustrated during a spell.

However, he did enough to persuade the England hierarchy that he was capable of taking on a full tour to Australia as the back-up spinner to Graeme Swann, but it came with a warning from Geoff Miller, the national selector, that it was down to Panesar himself to live up to his promise that he had turned a corner.

Panesar has been given professional help during his problems but Cook knows that life as a support player, who may not have a huge role to play on the tour, can be difficult one. The Australian media are also likely to bring up the recent indiscretions while the local crowds won't be shy of making a few comments whether Panesar is playing in a match or just carrying drinks.

"Sometimes he struggles with long tours, I think that's fairly common knowledge, but we can look after him and that's one of the responsibilities we have as a leadership group," Cook said. "We've just got to make sure we look after him off the field. As a second spinner you know you might not play games and it can be very hard to carry the drinks at times. We need to get Monty in the right frame of mind so that if he's called upon, because you never know with injuries, that he's ready to play."

The England squad spent the weekend at their team-bonding trip in the Midlands - a far more tame affair compared to the fierce forest experience in Bavaria in 2010, which left James Anderson with a fractured rib - and it allowed Cook time to speak to Panesar while he has also gained feedback from his Essex team-mates.

"He's had a tough year or so," Cook said. "A lot of us didn't quite know what he was going through, if we are honest, and it all came to a line with a couple of incidents in the summer. I can speak about what the guys at Essex have said about him, about how he's coped, and I certainly think he's on the right path."

"He'll always have to work at that and the first thing has been recognising that he did have a problem as he has said. He says he's ready to go again. We are going to have to work well with him and look after him, but the bottom line is he's a fantastic bowler."

This will be Panesar's third tour to Australia. In 2006-07 he played three Tests after replacing Ashley Giles and claimed a five-wicket haul in his first innings of the series in Perth, but was not needed during the 2010-11 contest.

*1.45pmBST, October 24: The story was amended to correct Northamptonshire to Worcestershire as the county Panesar was facing

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • The_bowlers_Holding on October 28, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Joel Banerjee on (October 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT) You reference the test series then refer to a return series where England were whitewashed- that was not a return series it was a ODI series; the "return series" or revenge series as it was called by many Indian fans was last winter (English) and I think I am right in thinking England won that too, simply never any credit to the opposition given it is always ifs and buts.

  • desi1 on October 26, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Maximum, Murali It is not possible to say who is the best spinner simply because they are 2 bowlers bowling in different set of conditions against different batsmen at different times. @Murali Ajmal has 2 wickets in Australia, 2 in NZ, 12 in England, 11 in SA, hardly a descent sample to make him a candidate for even good bowler. Don't say it is not his fault that he has not played enough, we are going by what is not what could have been. @ Maximum Out bowling Ashwin and Ojha is not a big deal, the indian team that England played against was missing its biggest players or was about to lose them for age or form. VVS and Dravid had retired and Gambhir and Shewag have not featured since, Sachin was probably 10% of the batsmen, so it was not the traditionally strong indian batting line up that english spinners trumped. As far your point about Asian conditions the so called greatest spinner ever has these number in India, 9 Mtch, 34 Wkt, 43.11 Avg. Personally I rate Swann over Ajmal.

  • Murali_the_greatest on October 26, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Maximum 6: You only have to watch Ajmal to see that in any conditions he will be a more threatening bowler than Swann for reasons I have already stated. He has a doosra and gets more overspin and therefore bounce - therefore he has avenues of dismissal that Swann has less access to, like caught at slip, bat pad. At the same time he gets plenty of turn but he is more relentlessly accurate than Swann who begins to tire if he doesn't have early success. Objectively speaking in the same conditions, in the same matches, head to head: 1) Herath outbowled Swann - much better average and strike rate (nothing to do with overs bowled or lack of competing bowlers) - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6685;type=series 2) Ajmal outbowled Swann - likewise a massively superior average and strike rate for Ajmal http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6859;type=series

    Swann's good but others are better

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 26, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @Murali the greatest- The comparison between Ajmal, Herath and Swann is an unnatural one because of the surfaces Asian bowlers have at their disposal as opposed to the ones we bowl on.Let us see what Herath and Ajmal do in England and what are their records in WI ,SA, Aus and NZ? Swann outbowled Ashwin and Ojha in India last year as did Monty. Swann was equal at least with herath in SL-well SL do not have another bowler with serious class so he gets to bowl a lot overs, and Ajmal whilst good in UAE was not very far ahead of Monty out there, while comparisons from 2010 v Pakistan would put Swann streets ahead of Ajmal. I think really you need to look again at results and venues.The comparisons favour our guys....

  • Murali_the_greatest on October 26, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    At Front foot Lunge:

    Actually Graeme Swann is NOT the world's best spinner and has not been the world's best spinner for quite some time.

    The latest ratings put both Rangana Herath and Saeed Ajmal ahead of him and Ashwin is virtually level with him in points.

    Without a doubt Saeed Ajmal has been the world's best spinner for the last few years: Turn, bounce, doosra, accuracy - he has it all and 160 odd test wickets in only 30 tests at an average of 26 say it all.

    Although Swann is a fine bowler, he was only very briefly the worlds number 1 spinner according to the rankings a few years back shortly after Murali's retirement and when the likes of Herath, Ajmal and Ashwin were about to emerge. To continuously refer to him as the world's best spinner is quite innacurate.

  • Playfair on October 26, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    To me Monty is a far better bowler than Swann, its just a pity that Monty's fielding and batting doesn't give him that edge over Swann.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    monty will never and never has been the answer to englands spin worries. after graeme swann, england will have no one capable pf competing at the same level as ajmal or jadej in the subcontinent. monty is a decent bowler, dont get me wrong, and would have been sufficient had there not been swann,but his bowling is not enough to compensate for his absolutely dismal batting and fielding. a good fielding team can be the difference between chasing 200 innstead of 270 on the last day. india made the mistake of being sentimental and bringing golden oldies to england a couple of years ago. they had the likes of dravid, tendulkar, sehwag, VVS and zaheer in that team, and had to hide all of them in the field. this meant the only players who could field were dhoni the keeper and suresh raina, who, as good a fielder as he may be, cant cover a whole field by himself. this meant that the useless bowlers had no back up in the field, and so the batsman who were all a few years past their prime, were needing to score huge totals just to stay in the games. ironically, just a month after that tour england then went to india, where india fielded a younger team, and whitewashed the tourists. what i am saying in all this is that england cannot afford to take youngsters out of the team and replace them with monty who is mediocre, but any wickets he takes he will cancel out with the runs he lets through in the field.

  • Charlie101 on October 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Monty is a fine bowler and I think he is unlucky that Graham Swann appeared when he did otherwise Monty was good enough to have bowled himself into the top 10 test bowling stats.

  • jimbond on October 25, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Actually in India, Monty was a bigger match winner than Swann, and both of them out-bowled the Indian spinners. Which again is not saying much- Indian spin cupboard is completely bare. Their main spinner was Ashwin who doesn't spin the ball all that much (had they played the much maligned Jadeja in the first three matches, the results may have been different). Right now, apart from Pakistan (who misuse their resources), most other teams are struggling to find good spinners. This year, even Swann's performance has declined.

  • Baundele on October 24, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Monty is the better spinner in matches he got chance to play. But for some reasons, he gets dropped, may be his poor fielding has something to do. The commentators and media are also harsh on Monty.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on October 28, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Joel Banerjee on (October 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT) You reference the test series then refer to a return series where England were whitewashed- that was not a return series it was a ODI series; the "return series" or revenge series as it was called by many Indian fans was last winter (English) and I think I am right in thinking England won that too, simply never any credit to the opposition given it is always ifs and buts.

  • desi1 on October 26, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    @Maximum, Murali It is not possible to say who is the best spinner simply because they are 2 bowlers bowling in different set of conditions against different batsmen at different times. @Murali Ajmal has 2 wickets in Australia, 2 in NZ, 12 in England, 11 in SA, hardly a descent sample to make him a candidate for even good bowler. Don't say it is not his fault that he has not played enough, we are going by what is not what could have been. @ Maximum Out bowling Ashwin and Ojha is not a big deal, the indian team that England played against was missing its biggest players or was about to lose them for age or form. VVS and Dravid had retired and Gambhir and Shewag have not featured since, Sachin was probably 10% of the batsmen, so it was not the traditionally strong indian batting line up that english spinners trumped. As far your point about Asian conditions the so called greatest spinner ever has these number in India, 9 Mtch, 34 Wkt, 43.11 Avg. Personally I rate Swann over Ajmal.

  • Murali_the_greatest on October 26, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Maximum 6: You only have to watch Ajmal to see that in any conditions he will be a more threatening bowler than Swann for reasons I have already stated. He has a doosra and gets more overspin and therefore bounce - therefore he has avenues of dismissal that Swann has less access to, like caught at slip, bat pad. At the same time he gets plenty of turn but he is more relentlessly accurate than Swann who begins to tire if he doesn't have early success. Objectively speaking in the same conditions, in the same matches, head to head: 1) Herath outbowled Swann - much better average and strike rate (nothing to do with overs bowled or lack of competing bowlers) - http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6685;type=series 2) Ajmal outbowled Swann - likewise a massively superior average and strike rate for Ajmal http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=6859;type=series

    Swann's good but others are better

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 26, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @Murali the greatest- The comparison between Ajmal, Herath and Swann is an unnatural one because of the surfaces Asian bowlers have at their disposal as opposed to the ones we bowl on.Let us see what Herath and Ajmal do in England and what are their records in WI ,SA, Aus and NZ? Swann outbowled Ashwin and Ojha in India last year as did Monty. Swann was equal at least with herath in SL-well SL do not have another bowler with serious class so he gets to bowl a lot overs, and Ajmal whilst good in UAE was not very far ahead of Monty out there, while comparisons from 2010 v Pakistan would put Swann streets ahead of Ajmal. I think really you need to look again at results and venues.The comparisons favour our guys....

  • Murali_the_greatest on October 26, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    At Front foot Lunge:

    Actually Graeme Swann is NOT the world's best spinner and has not been the world's best spinner for quite some time.

    The latest ratings put both Rangana Herath and Saeed Ajmal ahead of him and Ashwin is virtually level with him in points.

    Without a doubt Saeed Ajmal has been the world's best spinner for the last few years: Turn, bounce, doosra, accuracy - he has it all and 160 odd test wickets in only 30 tests at an average of 26 say it all.

    Although Swann is a fine bowler, he was only very briefly the worlds number 1 spinner according to the rankings a few years back shortly after Murali's retirement and when the likes of Herath, Ajmal and Ashwin were about to emerge. To continuously refer to him as the world's best spinner is quite innacurate.

  • Playfair on October 26, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    To me Monty is a far better bowler than Swann, its just a pity that Monty's fielding and batting doesn't give him that edge over Swann.

  • on October 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    monty will never and never has been the answer to englands spin worries. after graeme swann, england will have no one capable pf competing at the same level as ajmal or jadej in the subcontinent. monty is a decent bowler, dont get me wrong, and would have been sufficient had there not been swann,but his bowling is not enough to compensate for his absolutely dismal batting and fielding. a good fielding team can be the difference between chasing 200 innstead of 270 on the last day. india made the mistake of being sentimental and bringing golden oldies to england a couple of years ago. they had the likes of dravid, tendulkar, sehwag, VVS and zaheer in that team, and had to hide all of them in the field. this meant the only players who could field were dhoni the keeper and suresh raina, who, as good a fielder as he may be, cant cover a whole field by himself. this meant that the useless bowlers had no back up in the field, and so the batsman who were all a few years past their prime, were needing to score huge totals just to stay in the games. ironically, just a month after that tour england then went to india, where india fielded a younger team, and whitewashed the tourists. what i am saying in all this is that england cannot afford to take youngsters out of the team and replace them with monty who is mediocre, but any wickets he takes he will cancel out with the runs he lets through in the field.

  • Charlie101 on October 25, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Monty is a fine bowler and I think he is unlucky that Graham Swann appeared when he did otherwise Monty was good enough to have bowled himself into the top 10 test bowling stats.

  • jimbond on October 25, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: Actually in India, Monty was a bigger match winner than Swann, and both of them out-bowled the Indian spinners. Which again is not saying much- Indian spin cupboard is completely bare. Their main spinner was Ashwin who doesn't spin the ball all that much (had they played the much maligned Jadeja in the first three matches, the results may have been different). Right now, apart from Pakistan (who misuse their resources), most other teams are struggling to find good spinners. This year, even Swann's performance has declined.

  • Baundele on October 24, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Monty is the better spinner in matches he got chance to play. But for some reasons, he gets dropped, may be his poor fielding has something to do. The commentators and media are also harsh on Monty.

  • DingDong420 on October 24, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Better bowler than Swann in my eyes, always out bowls him when they pair up

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @Englishfan, I agree once Swann retires we are going to really struggle. Having watched a fair bit of domestic stuff not one spinner has impressed me all year. I watched a lot of Lancs and even taking away from his poor debut I don't think he's good enough for that level. Briggs for me is not even close. The guy doesn't spin the ball. Tredwell is good in pyjama cricket but has a poor FC record. Adil Rashid is the one guy who I think could be a serious cricketer. His bowling has gone backwards but his batting is now very good. If he can recapture his form with the ball he could be a good all rounder when we tour the Sub Continet. However he does need to put a shift in over the winter to get the confidence to flight the ball rather than reverting to his darts.

  • nev57 on October 24, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    I think everyone is overlooking England's next test spinner. It's going to be yet another raid on the Irish team, this time for George Dockrell. Clearly the best of the up and coming young spinners on the county circuit. I must add that I don't agree with nicking Ireland's best player's once they have already played International cricket for them, but Dockrell is way out in front of all the other spinners mentioned. Oh, and all the best Monty, have a good one!

  • CodandChips on October 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Munkeymomo none of those spinners have progressed as they should. As a hampshire fan, I see that Briggs just is not international quality. Tredwell's FC season was awful and although he has been great in ODIs, he wasn't great vs Aus.

  • gsingh7 on October 24, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    they better keep good care of monty since other back up bowler tredwell is not upto mark and might be losing tests on his own. and just not call kerrigan a promising young talented spinner anymore. the only promise he showed on debut was of dwindling spin talent pool in the country as he has been best spinner in domestic circuits.hope ecb dont have to recall him to ashes test in australia against well set watson or clarke after swann picks up an injury and monty is nursing injuries after his tussle with aussie bouncers the other night. future looks bleak for england in spin department.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The ever popular Monty, as well loved as he started all those years ago, is a great addition to the team. As for his bowling just ask India what they think. It would be great to see England's 'Spin Twins' reunited on the field once again, but I can't see him pushing the world's number 1 spinner Swann out his place anytime soon. England are rested and refreshed, and can't wait to get deliver yet another Ashes victory. It's going to be great series :)

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I wonder how many of the commenters here would actually like the results of a spinner other than Monty having to play a test for some reason. Not many I suspect. We have grown used to a certain standard of excellence in that dept. basically Mointy apart the backups are unreliable, journeymen without penetrative powers. Monty is there because there is no-one else. Tredders does not take first class wickets. Batty does but it takes time. Kerrigan is not up to it at present and needs a lot of work on his mind. Rashid probably will not ever be.Rafiq may be someday.Leach looked okay in one game but is still young. ETC. I do not think though that it would take too much to recreate Swann. simply because he is orthodox; he does spin it though which some may find hard. Mention of Briggs of course follows naturally-he to whom spin is an alien art. Briggs, I pray, will never play Tests. Hell should freeze over if he does. Monty is still the best bet around and most of us know it!

  • Green_and_Gold on October 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I appreciate that players go through hard times and am happy for them to be supported however players need to make decisions for themselves. The management need to keep an eye on Monty but they shouldnt be babysitting him. its not fair on people like Cook who have so many other responsibilities to take care of. Although i am australian so i wouldnt mind some negative press on the english side for once. Would love to see cook face johnson after he spent the night keeping Monty in time out.

  • CricketChat on October 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Monty to behave well and give his 100%. If he fails to deliver, he can say good bye to international cricket.

  • Munkeymomo on October 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Englishfan: Lot more depth than Aus. Still reckon Kerrigan will be a test player. Good bowler, just got the yips. Plus, Briggs, Rashid, Rafiq, Leach, Beer, Jack Taylor and of course, Tredwell. Spin department is certainly not bare.

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    As a cricket fan this is hardly even news. Even if Swann does get injured we will probably go in with 4 quicks. I hope Monty can overcome his personal issues , however as a cricket fan I really hope he wont be needed. He is very poor on flat quicker wickets and the though of him as our only spinner in a crunch Ashes test match is slightly worrying for me.

  • Nutcutlet on October 24, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    There are times when I'm glad that we live in the age in which we do. In cricketing terms, the ongoing sympathetic treatment of Monty shows that, for all its faults and shortcomings, enlightened society has largely moved on. We no longer take a high & mighty (and some might say, knee-jerk) attitude that characterised earlier times (Lord Hawke's treatment of Bobby Peel springs to mind). Steven Davies can come out and Marcus Trescothick, amongst others, can bare his soul about the devils that haunted his career when he was away from home. The more people can understand others and the challenges that they meet through life, the more genuinely compassionate & humane we become. It's no longer sufficient to become self-righteous & judgemental because, given a different make-up or set of unfortunate circumstances, there are we as well, with or without the grace of the almighty. Monty is lucky in historical terms & it's really worth celebrating. Well done, the England management & Capt Cook!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    It's not going to be an easy tour for Monty at all. Only an injury to Swann will see him get a game (and even then I wouldn't put it past England to go for an all-pace attack instead!). Whether he's carrying the drinks, and/or simply acting as a bowling machine and helper during nets and warm-ups, Monty's best approach will be to behave, grit his teeth, and bare it. Only when England tour the subcontinent will he (hopefully!) get to play.

  • on October 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Monty is a far better spinner than Kerrigan. Kerrigan only got selected as Monty was unavailable. Monty will not let us down. Class act..

  • CodandChips on October 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Not bowling Kerrigan 2nd innings at Oval leaves us no choice but Monty as second choice spinner. We have no depth in spin bowling. Maybe Brad Taylor in 10 years?

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  • CodandChips on October 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Not bowling Kerrigan 2nd innings at Oval leaves us no choice but Monty as second choice spinner. We have no depth in spin bowling. Maybe Brad Taylor in 10 years?

  • on October 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Monty is a far better spinner than Kerrigan. Kerrigan only got selected as Monty was unavailable. Monty will not let us down. Class act..

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    It's not going to be an easy tour for Monty at all. Only an injury to Swann will see him get a game (and even then I wouldn't put it past England to go for an all-pace attack instead!). Whether he's carrying the drinks, and/or simply acting as a bowling machine and helper during nets and warm-ups, Monty's best approach will be to behave, grit his teeth, and bare it. Only when England tour the subcontinent will he (hopefully!) get to play.

  • Nutcutlet on October 24, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    There are times when I'm glad that we live in the age in which we do. In cricketing terms, the ongoing sympathetic treatment of Monty shows that, for all its faults and shortcomings, enlightened society has largely moved on. We no longer take a high & mighty (and some might say, knee-jerk) attitude that characterised earlier times (Lord Hawke's treatment of Bobby Peel springs to mind). Steven Davies can come out and Marcus Trescothick, amongst others, can bare his soul about the devils that haunted his career when he was away from home. The more people can understand others and the challenges that they meet through life, the more genuinely compassionate & humane we become. It's no longer sufficient to become self-righteous & judgemental because, given a different make-up or set of unfortunate circumstances, there are we as well, with or without the grace of the almighty. Monty is lucky in historical terms & it's really worth celebrating. Well done, the England management & Capt Cook!

  • jb633 on October 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    As a cricket fan this is hardly even news. Even if Swann does get injured we will probably go in with 4 quicks. I hope Monty can overcome his personal issues , however as a cricket fan I really hope he wont be needed. He is very poor on flat quicker wickets and the though of him as our only spinner in a crunch Ashes test match is slightly worrying for me.

  • Munkeymomo on October 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Englishfan: Lot more depth than Aus. Still reckon Kerrigan will be a test player. Good bowler, just got the yips. Plus, Briggs, Rashid, Rafiq, Leach, Beer, Jack Taylor and of course, Tredwell. Spin department is certainly not bare.

  • CricketChat on October 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Monty to behave well and give his 100%. If he fails to deliver, he can say good bye to international cricket.

  • Green_and_Gold on October 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I appreciate that players go through hard times and am happy for them to be supported however players need to make decisions for themselves. The management need to keep an eye on Monty but they shouldnt be babysitting him. its not fair on people like Cook who have so many other responsibilities to take care of. Although i am australian so i wouldnt mind some negative press on the english side for once. Would love to see cook face johnson after he spent the night keeping Monty in time out.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 24, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I wonder how many of the commenters here would actually like the results of a spinner other than Monty having to play a test for some reason. Not many I suspect. We have grown used to a certain standard of excellence in that dept. basically Mointy apart the backups are unreliable, journeymen without penetrative powers. Monty is there because there is no-one else. Tredders does not take first class wickets. Batty does but it takes time. Kerrigan is not up to it at present and needs a lot of work on his mind. Rashid probably will not ever be.Rafiq may be someday.Leach looked okay in one game but is still young. ETC. I do not think though that it would take too much to recreate Swann. simply because he is orthodox; he does spin it though which some may find hard. Mention of Briggs of course follows naturally-he to whom spin is an alien art. Briggs, I pray, will never play Tests. Hell should freeze over if he does. Monty is still the best bet around and most of us know it!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The ever popular Monty, as well loved as he started all those years ago, is a great addition to the team. As for his bowling just ask India what they think. It would be great to see England's 'Spin Twins' reunited on the field once again, but I can't see him pushing the world's number 1 spinner Swann out his place anytime soon. England are rested and refreshed, and can't wait to get deliver yet another Ashes victory. It's going to be great series :)