Warne praises Monty’s performance

I’m sure Warne doesn’t really write his blog, he’ll surely have a ghost. But it does sound like him…so I remain sceptical! Whatever. He’s been praising Monty today:

I got to see a bit of the Test as well between England and Pakistan. Headingley can be hard work for spinners – I think only 2 wickets have been taken there in the last 10 years by England spinners or something like that so Monty Panesar deserves a lot of applause for his efforts. He spun it on a pitch that normally suits seamers, he changed pace well, bowled with discipline and importantly when things were not happening as Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan were both scoring 150′s, he kept the scoring rate slow.

In fact, he did everything that was asked of him and on a difficult pitch. Well bowled Monty. It’s great to see a left arm spinner tossing it up, turning it and taking wickets. So far – and he has only just started – he looks the real deal. This winter in Australia will be a good challenge for him, the crowds will get on him and no doubt the batsmen, especially the left handers will want to knock him out of his stride. Just the kind of challenge we spinners love!

I also like the way that he plays with a big smile. Every wicket receives a great running jumping celebration. Why not? Fast men do it and so should we. It’s spontaneous and shows how much he cares and how competitive he is. Trust me I don’t mind celebrating a wicket. That’s why I’m there – to get people out.

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