Monty Panesar believes Ollie Robinson can give England the X factor to beat India in next month’s highly anticipated Test series.
Robinson’s international career got off to a perfect start on the pitch when he took seven wickets against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.
But his exploits were completely overshadowed by the rise of racist and sexist tweets he posted as a teenager, for which he was given an eight-match ban, five of which were banned for two years.
Ollie Robinson has returned to the England squad for the upcoming Test series with India
Robinson took seven wickets on Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in June, but his performance was overshadowed by the resurgence of abusive tweets from 10 years earlier
English legend Monty Panesar believes Robinson should play in the upcoming Test series as his height means he can harass Indian batsmen
Robinson, 27, who has played all the other three games of his suspension, has a shot at being selected for the first Test against India on Trent Badge on August 4.
And former England spinner Panesar believes Robinson is one of the few bowlers who can really disrupt India’s excellent batting lineup.
‘They should be playing Robinson because he is a high-arm bowler and his release is the second highest in world cricket’ [New Zealand’s] Kyle Jamieson,” said Panesar Sports post.
“The Indian batsmen will struggle with really tall bowlers and if he plays it could create an X factor that will make the Indian batsmen feel uncomfortable.
“I was at the World Test Championship final and they couldn’t get Jamieson out. The Indian batsmen average between 30 and 35, but when the bowlers have such a high release point – and Jamieson is about 2.03 metres, comparable to Robinson – they have a hard time.
Kyle Jamieson’s tall stature celebrates winning Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket as New Zealand defeated India in the World Test Championship final in June
Jamieson was named man of the match after taking seven wickets in the final
England vs India series
August 4-8 First test (Trent bridge)
August 12-16 Second test (of the Lord)
August 25-29 Third Test (Headingley)
September 2-6 Fourth test (the oval)
September 10-14 Fifth Test (Old Trafford)
“I think they need to bring him back into the team and that will make the series competitive.
“He served his sentence, it was ten years ago when he was a teenager. As a teenager no one knows what is right and what is wrong.’
Jamieson took five for 31 in the first innings of the World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl and took two more in India’s second innings to help New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory.
It’s a quick rendezvous for England and India after their run of four tests on the subcontinent in February and March.
The fickleness of England’s batting lineup came under scrutiny after a first innings of 578 in their first Test win in Chennai was followed by paltry totals of 134, 164, 112, 81, 205 and 135 in the final three games en route to a 3-1 series loss.
The current uncertainty over England’s strongest batting formation, hardly helped by the now-abandoned ‘rest and rotation’ policy, was also evident in the Lord’s Test with New Zealand when they refused to go after a 273 victory target.
That lack of ambition was something that alarmed Panesar, who still believe that in-form white ball players can force their way onto the team for the Ashes tour of Australia this winter.
England settled for a first Test draw with New Zealand putting 273 for the win
Dom Sibley (left) hit 60 off 207 balls to ensure England earned a fifth day draw
“That was a reflection of the Test Team at the time. If it was a time when Kevin Pietersen played, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, that kind of team, we would certainly have chased that because we had the power and the depth,” he said.
“But this team is in a transition phase, they’re still trying to work out their top four, there’s a lot of inconsistency even from the guys who play regularly, so when it comes to chasing something, they’re really unsure about. .
“They didn’t have Ben Stokes or Jos Buttler, maybe it was a different story with them. Likewise, New Zealand may not have given them such a generous explanation.
“You would still think they would go for it, but it shows where the England team is at the moment.
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“There are people like Dawid Malan, who has done very well in ODI and T20 cricket, who has scored a century in the Ashes in Australia, it could be the ideal time to see what his test game is like.
“James Vince is also someone who should be given another chance, he looks good technically. You think ‘why don’t we look at that again?’
“Jonny Bairstow is constantly in and out, he has to think ‘where is my position in the red ball game?’
“At some point I would like the selectors to be open and if a player does well in white ball cricket but has been left out of the test team he can get himself back in there.”
Dawid Malan was in good form during the recent one-day run with Pakistan and Panesar has argued he deserves another chance in the Test side
James Vince could be worth another shot after scoring a century against Pakistan in the ODIs
India had no response to seaming conditions in England on their last tour in 2018, losing the test series 4-1 with James Anderson taking 24 wickets.
But Panesar expects the fields to be built for this summer’s games to be long enough rather than just playing into the hands of English sailors.
“I think there will be flat wickets. There’s been a lot of talk about greenfields versus India’s spinning decks and home advantage, but I predict the ECB would like testing games to go to a fourth and fifth day for earnings,” Panesar, speaking at an event for the grassroots sports app Sports side, said.
“If we get a significant heat wave in August with more sunny days than cloudy conditions, India has a much better chance. India is a stronger team without clouds, England is the stronger side with clouds.’
Monty Panesar spoke on behalf of Sportside at an event. Sportside is the innovative mobile app that helps connect millions of grassroots sports participants. Find out more about Sportside and how to download the app here: https://sportside.com/
Former England bowler Monty Panesar passed on his tips to cricketers at Sinjun Grammarians Cricket Club in Wandsworth, London thanks to the Sportside app