India batsman VVS Laxman believes England's Monty Panesar is as good as any spinner in international cricket.
Panesar has taken six five-wicket hauls in his short Test career
Panesar made his Test debut in India in March 2006, claiming Sachin Tendulkar as his first victim, and has taken 65 wickets in his first 17 matches.
"The manner in which he has taken wickets has been excellent," Laxman said. "It's always good to see a young spinner improving, becoming a master.
"In no way do I think he is inferior to any other spinner in world cricket."
Laxman, who has played 80 Tests, says India will be looking to maintain form throughout the Test series, which begins at Lord's on 19 July. "We've done well in patches but our consistency level can improve a lot," he said."
He also confirmed that team spirit was good and added: "The young players coming into the team are very happy, everyone tries to help each other which is a good sign.
"There is a great atmosphere and no ego at all in the Indian team.
"It will be a highly competitive series, I firmly believe whichever team puts on a big total in the first innings will win the series."