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England closely following Sehwag

The reports of recent drawn Test at Lahore competed for space in British press.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2006 12:22 IST

Virendra Sehwag's exploits in Pakistan were closely followed not only by Indian and Pakistani supporters in London but also by the British press and England cricketers who will soon tour India.

The mountain of runs scored in the recent drawn Test at Lahore was widely reported in the British press. The reports competed for space on sports pages along with reports of the England team's selection for the India tour.

Interest remains among Asian lovers of cricket whether Indian-origin Monty Panesar will be included in the team bound for India. England selectors are yet to announce the name of one player in the squad.

It is widely expected that Panesar, a mean spinner playing for Northamptonshire, will become the first Sikh to play for England, and try to overcome the challenge posed by Sehwag.

In a piece titled "England fear Sehwag blitz is shape of tonkings to come", Mike Selvey compared his 254-run innings with that of New Zealander Nathan Astle, who scored the fastest double century against England in 2002.

"Of the innings of Astle and Sehwag, I suspect the latter's must go down as the more remarkable, one which Rahul Dravid, a batsman of the very highest class, was prepared to sit back and watch admiringly from the other end.

"India's first innings of the first Test of a confrontation that their Australian coach Greg Chappell (and here he should know) has described as the Ashes many times over; a mammoth opposition total already in the bank; and the knowledge of what had happened to England.

"To play then as he (Sehwag) did was a stunning achievement, the featherbed nature of the pitch notwithstanding".

First Published: Jan 20, 2006 11:18 IST