Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Panesar happy to be playing with spin challenger Swann

ABUDHABI: England’s team spin bowler Panesar played down his challenge with fellow spinner Graeme Swann after returning to the test arena on Wednesday for the first time since 2009.Monty Panesar dismissed Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez on the way to figures of one for 91 in the second test, while Swann took three for 52 to confirm his repute as England's top spinner England were in control after dropping the hosts to 256 for seven, but Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq remain unbeaten on 83.

I have been out of the team for three years, so at all opportunity I get now I just want to make the nearly everyone of my opportunity," Panesar told reporters. I’m not really thinking about whether I want to be number one we both see each other as partners, helping each other. I’m enjoying my partnership with Swann, bowling in tandem - ball turning away; ball spinning it actually creates quite a lot of pressure among different batsmen.

Panesar was recalled in place of injured seamer Chris Tremlett as England player two spinners in a four-man assault for the first time since 2003.Such has been Swann's form that Panesar had been minor since his excellent last-wicket stand with James Anderson next to Australia in Cardiff in 2009.I was a little bit nervous - I found out this morning," said Panesar. "I avoid being up all night involved my action in front of the mirror. I just kept myself ready - there was always the selection of playing two spinners because of the situation out here and the pace of the wicket.
Panesar put in a long time, bowling 33 over’s and was hit for five sixes. With Pakistan at 51 for no wicket, he dropped a stooping trapped and bowled chance, but made urgent amends, dismissing Hafeez for 31 with his next release. I should have taken it and the next ball ... it was nice to get the wicket since he's been in good form and it's good to get him premature on," said Panesar.

He was rational about missing out on the wicket of Ul-Haq when James Anderson dropped a catch with the Pakistan captain on 30.These kinds of things take place, was said Panesar. "He has batted well and to you have got to put that’s past you and keep focus on the overs. I knew I was going to bowl a lot of over and I didn't want that to affect me.

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