Monty~~s Poor fielding risks his Ashes chances

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Despite his impressive bowling, Monty Panesar's slapstick fielding remains his Achilles heel and coach Duncan Fletcher hinted that poor batting and fielding could go against the left-arm spinner as England prepares to defend the Ashes.

''Monty knows he's under a lot of pressure. He's working hard at his game and we'll have to monitor that over the next couple of months. He's just got to make sure he improves his fielding and his batting,'' Fletcher was quoted as saying by The GuardianL.

Asked if that means Monty would fail to make it to the Ashes team, Fletcher said, You have to look at the balance of the team.

It depends on other players, like whether we have a good No 8. But it's the same with any player and poor fielding. You have to look at the total package: what does he contribute to the side?'' Panesar, the first Sikh player in the England squad, has been a hilarious sight in the field dropping sitters and crowd cheer him whenever he stops a ball.

Monty came in the side with England's injured frontline spinner Ashley Giles, but Fletcher asserted the Northamptonshire spinner would have to improve his batting and fielding to emerge as long-term successor to Giles.

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