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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Murali's tips help Panesar develop

Tips from Sri Lanka's spin king Muttiah Muralitharan to Monty Panesar could come back to haunt him and his team-mates.

Murali sat down with the England left-arm spinner after he bowled Sri Lanka to victory at Trent Bridge to draw the three-match series 1-1 in 2006, and offered some advice on the art of spin.

And Northants ace Panesar, who took 10 wickets at an average of just 21 in the three Tests he played against Sri Lanka last year, took his words of wisdom to heart.

Nobody is better qualified, for Murali is set to pass Shane Warne's world record of 708 Test wickets on Sri Lanka's current Australia tour.

England supporters will be hoping Panesar can use that wisdomto trouble Sri Lanka in the three-Test series that begins in Kandy on December 1.

"We had a chat about bowling when he was over in England," said Panesar.

"It was a good opportunity for me. We spoke about spin and what he thinks about bowling in general.

"To get that chance with Muralitharan was fantastic, as he knows so much about spin.

"Hopefully I will be able to learn from what he said. The advice I remembered most was that I should just try to keep things simple.

"It does sound like a cliche but it was actually a strong message.

"He said you should always try to turn the ball, but don't complicate things by trying to bowl too many different types of delivery and just keep it simple. It was good advice.

"It's nice to get the views from world-class spinners and it's always interesting to know about how they go about things to see if it can help your game."

Source Northampton Chronicle

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