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Panesar victim of captain-coach feud, says his county coach

cricket Updated: Apr 10, 2009 11:51 IST

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Turbulent dressing room atmosphere owing to the infamous captain-coach feud was one of the main reasons for decline of English star spinner Monty Panesar, believes his county coach David Capel.

The Northamptonshire county head coach felt Panesar failed to impress in the two-Test series in India and was then dropped after the first Test in Jamaica because of unpleasant dressing room atmosphere created by the differences between former captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores, who was later sacked.

"There has been a very disruptive period of time in the England dressing room. I wonder at times whether that has been a contributory factor (to Panesar's performances). When it wasn't so disruptive, Monty was doing well," said the head coach of Northamptonshire county.

"I'm not going to say what I think Monty needs as an individual, but I'm aware how he ticks and what gets the best out of him. For any cricketer it is an advantage to have a stable existence within the dressing room - anyone would thrive on that," the former England all rounder was quoted as saying by the 'Daily Telegraph'.

Capel also said too much was being made of lack of variation in Panesar's bowling and added the Indian-origin bowler was working on his "dynamite stock ball".