Cricket Australia have recruited former Ashes rival, Monty Panesar, who will assist with Australia’s preparations for the next month’s Test tour of India.
Panesar played a key role in England’s remarkable come-from-behind series win in India in 2012-13, where he formed a lethal partnership with Graeme Swann to dismantle India.
However, he made last of his 50 Test appearances at Melbourne during the 2013-14 Ashes and was not picked for England’s recent 4-0 defeat in India, despite making a return to first class cricket for Northamptonshire.
According to the Australian, Monty Panesar will travel to the Bupa National Centre in Brisbane to work with left arm tweaker Steve O’Keefe and opener Mathew Renshaw.
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Special pitches are prepared in Brisbane to replace the sluggish, turning surface they expect to encounter in the subcontinent.
“Having Monty come up is a nice way to kickstart the squad’s thinking about playing in India,” Howard told The Australian.
“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.”
“(Queensland coach) Phil Jaques will run the sessions with Matt, Monty and SOK. Phil has some nice ideas about how to challenge the batsmen.”
“Bowlers need to be accurate there and batsmen need to get off strike because they are going to have three or four people around the bat.”
Panesar said he was well aware of England’s troubles against spin in the Subcontinent, which were laid bare recently in their 3-0 defeat in Sri Lanka this year.
“Obviously there has been a question mark over Australian batsmen in away series,” he said.
“So I hope to be able to give them a hand with that stuff and obviously help with the spin bowlers as well.”
Cricket Australia have also confirmed the hiring of former India player Sriram Sridharan, who will also join the squad as spin a consultant.
“Sri has worked with us on a number of occasions now all across our pathway system,” Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard said in a statement.
“He knows our players very well and has a wealth of knowledge on the conditions that our players will face in India.”
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