England coach all praise for Monty

Fletcher said he was surprised at the control he showed in Nagpur and his consistency will prove to be handy for England.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 18:45 IST

Monty Panesar has played just one Test but he has already earned plaudits from England's coach Duncan Fletcher who says the young spinner's classical action and attitude had given his team "control" inthe firstTest against India.

Fletcher said he was surprised at the control he showed in Nagpur and his consistency will prove to be handy for England.

"I was surprised at the control he showed right from the start: he didn't seem to show any nerves. He's got a good classical action and that's what we've been trying to get out of our bowlers, instead of these mechanical actions where they are fighting to get consistency," Fletcher said.

"We've got someone here with a really nice, classical spin-bowling action, which must make his job a lot easier," Fletcher was quoted as saying in 'DailyTelegraph' on Tuesday.

Panesar, the first Sikh to play a Test for England, claimed his maiden wicket by getting the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar in the first innings.

The coach said he was excited by the display of some of the youngsters in the England team.

"I've been excited by some of the young players in England for some time. In Pakistan I thought Liam Plunkett was exciting and I was also impressed with Alastair Cook when he came over as cover for Michael Vaughan. That's why we got him back this time.

"Then we've got Panesar giving us control in a Test against India, which is not easy for a young spinner. Together they are a group of youngsters pushing for places, which is exciting."

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 18:45 IST