Cricket Australia has hired English Spinner Monty Panesar as their spin bowling consultant ahead of their upcoming tour to India. The idea is to impart some valuable tips to Australian spinners that will help them to tackle Indian batsmen in the subcontinent’s conditions.
Panesar is one of the most successful foreign bowlers playing in Indian conditions and has fantastic past record against India. He along with Graeme Swann weaved the memorable test-series victory when they toured India in 2012-13.
Panesar has spent this summer playing with a club cricket in Sydney. He has been recruited as the spin-consultant on the behest of Pat Howard who is Cricket Australia’s high performance manager.
Talking about the recruitment, Howard said, ‘Having Monty come up is a nice way to kick start the squad’s thinking about playing in India. We want the batsmen to be thinking about what the bowlers will be trying to do to them over there and Monty can engage them that way, as well as with the bowlers.’
According to The Australian, Panesar will travel to the Center of Excellence this week to work with left-arm spinners of Australia, Steve O Keefe as well as opening batsman Matt Renshaw. The pitches at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane are designed to replicate the dry, turning tracks that they will get in the subcontinent.
Bid to improve poor record in subcontinent
This move by CA is seen as a bid to improve their team’s poor record in Asia. The team last toured India four years ago and was white washed by the hosts 4-0. Their last series victory in Asia came against Sri Lanka in 2011. Since then, they have lost nine straight test matches in the subcontinent.
Australians will look to fully capitalize on the skills and experience of Monty Panesar who took 17 wickets at an average of 26.82 in the final three test matches which the England team played against India in 2012-13 series, which resulted in a series win for England.
‘I hope to be able to give them a hand’: Monty
Monty said that he is well aware of Australia’s struggle in the sub-Continent. Talking to The Australian, he said, ‘Obviously, there has been a question mark over Australian batsmen in away series. So I hope to be able to give them a hand with that stuff and obviously help with the spin bowlers as well.’
Renshaw, Australian opening batsman who will be training with Monty said, ‘He played in a successful campaign where England won a couple of series ago and I will definitely be picking his brain.’
‘It’s a good opportunity to head up to Brisbane, they got some spinning wickets and Monty has got an outstanding test record and a really good one in India so it’s a good opportunity’, he added.
The four test match series between India and Australia will start from 23rd February, 2017.