Monty Panesar’s back!

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As in ‘returned’. He hasn’t got anklosing spondylitis or anything.

Like many people, we have a soft spot for Monty Panesar.

Firstly, he lent his name to our assistant.


Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, he was for a time exceptionally good at bowling spin for England.

Now he’s back. Back at Northamptonshire at any rate. He also hopes that he’s pretty much back to himself after being blighted by paranoia and other mental health problems in recent years. There was that bladder control thing as well.

His low-key county return is therefore what we like to call ‘a good thing’.

Barney Ronay has written a nice piece for The Guardian about Panesar. We agree with much of what he says – not least because he agrees with much of what we’ve said.

He takes issue with the ‘Monty Panesar hasn’t played X Tests, he’s played one Test X times‘ line for similar reasons to us – namely, that if that one Test is a perfectly good one, it’s really not that big a problem. Also, since when has one-dimensionality been such a flaw for a bowler?

They say the animals are always the first to know, so we’ll ask Monty’s namesake how this latest comeback is going to pan out. We’ll get back to you once we have the details.


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  1. They needed an indifferent cat…

    …they GOT an indifferent cat.

    That’s the indifferent cat King Cricket wanted.

  2. The ankylosing spondylitis joke’s back!

    As in ‘returned’. It hasn’t got wait hang on

    1. Because your site is only http not https, Chrome won’t let me view the first link because it suspects you are trying to defraud me in some way. Tell me this is not the case, O King?

      1. Oh wait, that link. Oh yeah. When did that become a problem?

        Bleeding internet.

    1. I’m also voting for Ravi Rampaul, despite the fact that I came off worse when up against him in the nets in 2007. Not actually facing his bowling of course, that would have been ridiculous.

      But for some reason, the idea of watching Ravi Rampaul bowl to Shiv Chanderpaul in the next net seemed more enticing for the people who were supposed to be bowling at me, than bowling at me. Absurd.

      That was the day before the Darren Sammy streaker incident reported here around Christmas time.

      My take on days one and two of that match including the sorry Ravi Rampaul affair; click here.

  3. According to the Daily Mail, Posh Spice is back. She hasn’t got Ankylosing Spice or anything.

    Anyway, England do still have place for a spinner, of course, so hopefully he’s at least noticed there. If not, he could at least replace Pragyan Ojha in everything that he does anywhere, which often seems to be his aim anyway.

  4. Seemingly Ian Woosnam actually has anklosing spondylitis. Either that or he’s in on KC’s joke.

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