As Graeme Swann has retired now, England have to think about the most infallible option possible in place of the Nottinghamshire off-spinner and Monty Panesar certainly is one of those options.
The highlight of Monty’s career of course was England’s tour to India where he turned the whole series around with his outstanding bowling. This is one of those moments where Panesar can think of establishing himself in the team and performing well too.
In a recent press conference, he said: “I would say they've been a bit more ruthless in their cricket,” when asked about Australia’s performance.
“They've come quite hard at us - and you have to give credit to the Australians, the way they've played their game.
“They've fought really hard and always put us under pressure, never let us get back in the game.
“They've played a really strong brand of cricket, so we're hungry and determined to show what we can do to them as well.
“In these next two Tests we want to show what this team is about.”
As mentioned earlier, this is the best opportunity for Monty to finally cement his place. He therefore has to start right from the word go.
He added: “I hope I can take this opportunity and grab it,” he said. “It's up to me. I'm looking forward to it and geared up for it.
“If I can get my game in the right order then I hope I can take this chance.”
The Boxing Day test might be a dead rubber for many however Panesar is desperate to show what he can do:
“Boxing Day Test - it doesn't get any more exciting than this, packed out, 100,000 people at the MCG - it's something all of us are looking forward to.”
Panesar wasn’t at his best at Adelaide and he too knows it as he ended with match figures of 198/2: “I probably didn't bowl at my best,” he said. “A few chances could have gone our way, but that's cricket.
“I hope I can bowl well in this Test and try to get back to my old ways with good rhythm.”
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