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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2006, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
McGrath mocks Monty

Monty Panesar and Glenn McGrath
If he's seeing a psychologist already... it's a bit premature and ridiculous

McGrath on Monty
It was too good an opportunity for Australia's chief sledger to miss.

When Glenn McGrath heard Monty Panesar had been seeing a sports psychologist ahead of this winter's Ashes series in Australia, he could barely conceal his contempt.

"If he's seeing a psychologist already, then I think it's a bit premature and a bit ridiculous," the veteran Australian fast bowler told radio station 2KY.

"If he is seeing a psychologist, yes, it is a bit soft. When we go to England, we cop a hard time, we don't see a psychologist beforehand. It's just the way it is."

England spinner Panesar has been having special sessions with team psychologist Steve Bull to help him deal with any taunts from the crowds in Australia.

But McGrath says he doubts whether the Northamptonshire star will get much stick from the stands.

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"I think it's just media build-up, probably the English media, saying he's going to cop a hard time over here," he said.

"To me, that's just cricket."

And the veteran Australian fast bowler seemed underwhelmed by the prospect of facing Monty.

"I haven't met him and to be honest I haven't seen much of him," he said.

McGrath is known as Australia's chief sledger and last summer predicted that Australia would trounce England 5-0 in the Ashes series.

England's subsequent 2-1 triumph has obviously done little to persuade McGrath to become more circumspect.

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