Monty~~s fielding as bad as Bedi~~s, says Atherton

Published: Sunday, May 21, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Taking a potshot at Monty Panesar's spills and fumbles during the drawn Test against Sri Lanka, former England captain Michael Atherton said the spinner was reminiscent of Bishan Singh Bedi in not just the bowling department but also in poor fielding.

''His approach and action reminded many of the great Bishan Bedi. The problem for Monty is that his fielding was also reminiscent of Bedi,'' Atherton wrote in his cloumn for Sunday Telegraph.

Terming his fielding performance ''comical'', Atherton said it marred his overall good performance with the ball.

Monty, it must be said, bowled beautifully. He showed why many consider him to be the best spinner in the country. There was flight and guile, a little spin, and the kind of subtlety that Ashley Giles, for all his worthiness, lacks,'' he said praising the youngster's effort with the ball.

However, according to Atherton, his fielding was so bad that if it did not improve in time for the Ashes then he might be hit by some really sarcastic hooting from the Aussie crowds.

''Where Monty will find a problem, if his fielding doesn't improve, will be the Australian crowds' reaction to him. They will hit him with the kind of derision that, in the last decade, they reserved solely for Phil Tufnell,'' said Atherton.

Tufnell was laughed at and jeered by the crowds for his poor fielding when he toured Australia.

Atherton said he had seen Monty practise in the nets and found it hard to digest that even the long sessions of fielding practice were failing to produce the desired results for him.

''Mind you, I'm a bit worried. If you practise that hard and you're still that bad,'' he said.

He, however, hoped that Monty's fielding woes would end soon as he was ''delightful'' as a bowler.

''I hope for two reasons that the hours of practice pay off: firstly, for his own sake this winter because being cat-called all around Australia is no fun; secondly, because he is a delightful man and a delightful bowler to watch, and I hope that his fielding doesn't curtail his career at Test level,'' he said.

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