Monty getting ready to face Aussie spectators

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Expecting a ''worse than the worst'' reception from crowds in Australia during the Ashes, Monty Panesar has started having counselling sessions with England's Ashes psychologist to prepare for a torrid time with the spectators Down Under.

Monty, who has been warned of abuse from the Australian crowds by several former players and Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, has been meeting psychologist Steve Bull and will be in consultation with his agent and former England player Phil Tufnell to prepare for the tough series.

''I know I will be viewed as the enemy, and if I prepare for the crowd's reaction to be even worse than the worst case scenario, at least I will be ready for it,'' Monty told the 'Daily Mirror'.

''Obviously the cricket is going to be very tough, but it's every sportsman's dream to play in such a massive series and in front of such big crowds. When I played grade cricket in Adelaide, I experienced the warmth and togetherness of Australian people and everyone was so positive about their cricket,'' he added, hoping that the crowds would not be as abusive as is being thought.

The left-armer is busy gearing up for the biggest series of his career and says he is working on all departments of the game to make sure that he is at his best when the Ashes get underway in two months time, with the first Test starting November 23 in Brisbane.

''I've worked on all areas of my game and I know I need to keep improving because that's all part of the motivation to do well this winter,'' he added.

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