Monty Panesar hoping to have crack at Aussies in Old Trafford Test

Sydney: Old Trafford specialist Monty Panesar is hoping that the Manchester grounds men are raking the wicket because he feels Australia`s batsmen are vulnerable against the spinning ball, as he took an impressive 3-70 for Sussex in the three-day Australian tour match.

Panesar has been called into England`s 14-man squad for the third Test starting on Thursday and having watched the carnage his slow-bowling colleague Graeme Swann was able to cause in the second Test at Lord`s, he is eager for another shot at Australia this week, imploring England to play the both of them.

The spinner said that the Australian team was a very competitive team and they were going to come back hard, but with spin there was an opportunity.

Panesar`s record at Old Trafford speaks for itself and he has taken 25 wickets in three Tests at the ground, at an average of 16, including a 10-wicket collection for the match against West Indies in 2007 and 6-37 against New Zealand a year a later, the report said.


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