Panesar finds spin, but waits for turn
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Samit Patel thrust his front foot down the pitch and raised his bat over his shoulder. The ball veered a fraction into the right-hander in the air and continued on along that trajectory, skidding off the pitch and into Patel's knee-roll. Monty Panesar yelped.
Patel jogged out of the net and moved into the adjacent one. Before Jonny Bairstow could take his place, Panesar bowled to an empty net. The ball retraced the same trajectory and cannoned into off stump. Two balls into his session, Bairstow poked forward at Panesar. The ball dipped on him and fizzed past his outside edge.
This was on Tuesday. The left-arm spinner had continued in this vein through the rest of the morning, and provided an insight into how the English batsmen might combat the Indian spinners during the Tests.
Bairstow looked good when he got to the pitch and drove, but less convincing when he defended, planting his front foot a touch heavily and pushing his hands at the ball. Nick Compton's footwork was tentative, and struggled to read the length. Kevin Pietersen stepped out of the crease at every opportunity, and looked in ominous touch, manipulating his hands and wrists beautifully to control his drives through the off side. Nobody got on top of Panesar.
Bresnan set to start
On Wednesday, England skipper Alastair Cook confirmed that Steven Finn wouldn't play the first Test. He didn't reveal who would take his place, but it looks likely - and the English media seemed certain - that it will be Tim Bresnan, seamer for seamer, broadly like for like.
But the dry look of the Motera wicket must have tempted the team management to field two spinners. Two frontline spinners in Graeme Swann and Panesar, that is; not the compromise of Swann and Patel's all-round competence at number six.
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