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Moores backs under-fire Panesar

Monty Panesar
Panesar struggled during the final two days in Chennai

England coach Peter Moores says left-arm spinner Monty Panesar can bounce back from his slump in form.

The 26-year-old took three wickets during England's first Test loss to India in Chennai, but had figures of 0-105 in the second innings.

"He is learning all the time and has the ability to change pace and improve," Moores told BBC 5 Live.

"It didn't happen for him at this Test match and you have to take that as a sportsperson sometimes."

Panesar made his Test debut in India in March 2006, claiming Sachin Tendulkar as his first victim, and was voted a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2007.

But although he reached 100 Test wickets in his 28th Test match earlier in 2008, he has struggled in previous series against India and Sri Lanka.

Moores, however, feels the left-arm bowler still has the desire to make an impact on the international circuit, with the second Test against India due to begin on 19 December in Mohali.

"Monty loves bowling and wants to develop himself as a spinner," Moores added.

"He loves the game, and has a fantastic enthusiasm to bowl and loves to take wickets.

"But as a player you have times when it doesn't go for you and you have to continue to work hard and practise hard.

"He is a fantastic exponent of left-arm spin and spinners like that don't grow on trees."

Meanwhile, Northants head coach David Capel believes Panesar is suffering from a lack of match practice.

"He needs time to work on his variations in first-class cricket," Capel told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Monty hasn't played for some time, he's had the misfortune of having trips cancelled.

"I know he's been working on his variations, but if you haven't played for a long time you stick with the tried and tested when you go into a Test match.


"When people have gone after him he's bowled faster and flatter and that's negative.

"But he hasn't played a lot of cricket and for him to go from working on his variations in the nets to bowling against Sachin Tendulkar in a Test, you can understand him not being as bold.

"He needs time to work on his variations in first-class cricket.

"It's not quite as easy when you're touring with the England team, with fewer first-class matches between Tests, if any, and we haven't seen him much at Northants over the past few years.

"But he was one of the fastest players ever to take 100 wickets and he's won Tests for England in the past and he'll do it again in the future."

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The making of Monty
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Jonathan Agnew column
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England crushed by Tendulkar ton
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England in India 2008
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Panesar signs new Northants deal
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