The former England captain, Michael Vaughan, has hailed Monty Panesar for his brilliant bowling performance in the recently played test series in India and has said that Panesar should be given playing opportunities outside the subcontinent as well.
The England team generally plays with only one spinner in the test matches which are played outside the subcontinent. Since, Graeme Swann is the first choice spinner, so, Panesar doesn’t get playing opportunities in those test matches.
Talking to the correspondent of a newspaper, Vaughan said, “Generally, Monty gets playing chances only under subcontinent conditions. When England plays test matches at home or at Australia, South Africa or New Zealand, only one spinner gets included in the XI i.e. Graeme Swann. But, the way Monty has performed in India; I think he deserves to get chances even outside the subcontinent.”
“But, I would like to mention one more thing here. If England has to play two spinners outside the subcontinent, it will have to find a fast bowling all rounder who can bat at no. 6 and can bowl 20 overs a day.”
When asked if he is satisfied with the way the England fast bowlers bowled in the series against India, Vaughan said, “Anderson was fantastic throughout the series and Finn also bowled well in the one test match that he played. But, I am disappointed with the way Broad and Bresnan bowled. It seemed that these two bowlers were not backing themselves to take wickets on those flat pitches.”
When asked about the performance of Indian spinners in the series, Vaughan said, “The Indian spinners didn’t bowl that well. I was expecting them to do much better than this, but, after the first test match, their performance deteriorated. I think they didn’t bowl in good areas consistently.”