Is Monty Panesar hearing voices?

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Panesar’s current coach at Highveld Lions, Dave Nosworthy, says:

“Somewhere along the line he had lost who Monty Panesar is.”

This does seem to be the case. Panesar says:

“What happened last year is that I had so many external voices to listen to … When I was searching for an answer I was going external … All the answers are inside.”

Why listen to other people when there are so many internal voices to listen to? Your own voices are far better informed about you and even if they tell you to set fire to things, they do it for a reason. Even if they tell you to give the financial director of your company a wedgie because he uses too many acronyms, they do it for a reason.

The police say you shouldn’t have punched that child, but they didn’t hear the American accent she was putting on. The voices did.


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  1. But Monty, what if the voices are external, disembodied and hovering just behind your left ear, or occasionally disguising themselves in trees, lamposts, policemen, etc. Try ignoring those voices.

    If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to listen to those voices that make you get five-for-twenty, and to ignore those voices that make you bowl six long-hops per over. Hope that helps.

  2. That’s two pieces of advice, Bert. Don’t give the poor lad yet more external voices to listen to.

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