Sunday, August 06, 2006

As I was saying

A marvelous bowling performance by Monty Panesar as Pakistan's ever-impressive Yousuf and Younis combo ran riot at Headingley. Perhaps Panesar will never convince Fletcher of his value. That will be England's loss. Hopefully, wiser heads will prevail, and enable the nurturing that this young man needs, who not only has added an edge to the English attack that it needed to supplement its pace battery, but also given the team some more colour (no, I don't mean the skin type), and pizazz. Monty will be treated brutally at the boundaries in Australia, but he will learn a great deal about both cricket and developing a thick-skin, and will come back a much smarter cricketer. If Duncan Fletcher agrees to have him in the team, of course.

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