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Swann bats for Panesar's inclusion

Graeme Swann would like to see Monty Panesar included in England's Test team to play Pakistan next week after his fellow spinner dismantled a Pakistan Cricket Board XI in their final warm-up.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2012 00:08 IST

Graeme Swann would like to see Monty Panesar included in England's Test team to play Pakistan next week after his fellow spinner dismantled a Pakistan Cricket Board XI in their final warm-up.

Panesar, who played his last Test match in July 2009, took 5-57 in the first innings followed by 3-46 as England won the practice match which ended in Dubai on Friday by 100 runs.

"I like the rhythm of spinners at each end and I'd go with two in this part of the world," Swann said.

"Monty has done himself no harm and given (coach) Andy Flower and (captain) Andrew Strauss a tough decision."

"He's shown he can be a match winner when he's back to his best," Swann added.

"I spin the ball in, he spins it away and a partnership like that can be formidable."