Panesar earns Test recall

December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

Monty Panesar has had his fine form throughout 2011 rewarded with a recall to the England test side to face Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The test series starts on 17th January in Dubai and Panesar is joined in the squad by reserve wicketkeeper Steve Davies in a strong squad to be captained by Andrew Strauss.

The Sussex off-spinner has been out of favour since his last test in the 2009 Ashes but is now back in favour after his brilliant domestic season.

England are also able to call upon a number players who are recovering from injury with Eoin Morgan Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett all available for the tour. Couple this with the form of Steven Finn and England have a formidable looking pace bowling attack. Those looking at the cricket betting should remember this.

Couple this with the return of Panesar who could form a spin combination with Graeme Swann as the pitches in the Middle East favour bowlers who can turn the ball and this is sure to be taken into account by the selectors. Anyone placing a bet should bear this in mind.

Chief selector Geoff Miller appeared to suggest this as a possibility at the squad announcement and praised the 29-year-old for his dedication to the game which he believes has enabled him to rediscover is form.

“Monty’s selection comes off the back of a strong domestic season with Sussex and with the potentially spin-friendly conditions of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in mind” Miller said.

This is an important series, given it is our first Test series since hosting India in August this year, and we expect a stern challenge against a Pakistan side that will be accustomed to playing in the UAE” he added.


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