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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 December 2006, 07:16 GMT
Panesar disappointed at omission
Monty Panesar
Panesar is hoping to be picked for the third Ashes Test
England's most talented spin bowler Monty Panesar has spoken of his disappointment about being overlooked for the first two Ashes Tests.

Fellow left-armer Ashley Giles has so far been preferred to Panesar because of his better batting ability.

Reports have suggested coach Duncan Fletcher wanted to pick Panesar for Adelaide before being subsequently over-ruled by captain Andrew Flintoff.

"I am disappointed I didn't get a chance," said Panesar.

"All I can do is focus on the next Test. I would like to be in the XI but I can understand the balance of the team is important.

"If we lose a quick couple of wickets in the first session then we need a strong batting line-up to prevent us getting skittled for a low total.

"I can understand the logic behind it but I want to play in the 11."

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The Northamptonshire spinner's omission has been criticised by many former and current England cricketers who have accused the England management of negative tactics in playing a defensive spinner in Giles rather than Panesar, who is an attacking finger-spinner.

He now has the chance to prove to the selectors he should be picked as he is playing in two tour matches ahead of the third Test in Perth, which starts on 14 December.

Panesar, who has taken 32 wickets in 10 Test matches, will play against a CA Chairman's XI on Friday and against Western Australia on Saturday in a two-day match.

The 24-year-old said: "If I bowl well then hopefully the captain and the coach will take notice so I guess it's up to me to try and bowl well and give myself a good chance."

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