Yuvraj Singh, whilst “so drowsy that he might have been inadvertently dosed up with valium rather than painkillers” for his knacked back, has recommended that England send in Monty Panesar.
Is this the drugs talking? Or should the Sikh of Tweak have been included for the One Day Series against India? Samit Patel’s performances against South Africa elevated him to England’s main ODI spinner, and Graeme Swann also seems to be higher up the limited overs pecking order than Monty.
Certainly, Panesar’s lack of development recently is a cause for concern, but if even the home side are expressing surprise at his absence, then maybe there’s a case for his inclusion. Having said that, England’s awfulness in the first ODI transcended the personnel, and any change in the team is unlikely to restore the confidence that may have been lost in England’s recent misadventures.