Monty Panesar will be giving the Aussie spinners some tips ahead of Australia's tour of India.
Monty Panesar will be giving the Aussie spinners some tips ahead of Australia's tour of India. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Monty to put his spin on India for Aussie tweakers

CRICKET Australia has recruited Monty Panesar as a spin-bowling consultant ahead of next month's tour of India.

Panesar, who has been playing club cricket in Sydney, will fly to Queensland this week to work with Australian Test spinner Steve O'Keefe and opener Matt Renshaw before returning to club-duties with Campbelltown-Camden, according to The Australian.

The trio will work under the guidance of Queensland coach Phil Jaques on a specially prepared subcontinental-style pitch at the Centre of Excellence.

The left-arm finger-spinner hasn't played a Test since England's 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia in 2013-14 but has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to bowling in Asia.

Panesar, who took 167 wickets across his 50-Test career, starred in England's Test series win over India in India in 2012. The tweaker took 17 wickets at an average of 26.82 across the final three matches of that campaign, as the tourists came from behind to win the series 2-1.

India bounced back from that defeat by whitewashing the Australians 4-0 and the side has not lost a Test at home since.

That drubbing began a nine-Test losing streak for Australia in Asia and CA high-performance manager Pat Howard would like to think Panesar's recruitment will help turn that form around.

"Having Monty come up is a nice way to kick-start the squad's thinking about playing in India,” Howard told The Australian.

"We want the batsmen to be thinking about what the bowlers will be trying to do to them over there and Monty can engage them that way as well as with the bowlers.”

The spinner is keen to help out wherever he can.

"Obviously there has been a question mark over Australian batsmen in away series and so I hope to be able to give them a hand with that stuff and obviously help with the spin bowlers as well,” Panesar told The Australian.

Coincidentally, Panesar was one of the nine first-innings wickets taken by O'Keefe for Manly-Warringah over the weekend in Sydney grade cricket, with the No.10 making a three-ball duck.

"I don't know if I'll be getting too much batting advice from Monty,” O'Keefe joked on Sky Sports' Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday.

"He played in a successful campaign when England won a couple of series ago (in India) and I'll definitely be picking his brain.

"It's a good opportunity to head up to Brisbane, they've got some spinning wickets and Monty's got an outstanding Test record and a really good one in India so it's a good opportunity.”

Cricket Australia has also recruited former India one-day international player Sriram Sridharan to join the coaching staff for the tour of India as a spin consultant.

Sridharan, who played eight ODIs for India, has been involved in the Australian coaching system for some time, having last assisted the men's team on the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka in July 2016, as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in India earlier in that year.

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