Pakistan v England: Monty Panesar hails bowling display
England spinner Monty Panesar hailed the tourists' bowling display after they reduced Pakistan to 256-7 on day one
Monty Panesar was full of praise for fellow bowlers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann after Andrew Strauss’s rejuvenated side reduced Pakistan to 256-7 in Abu Dhabi.
Broad and Swann finished day one of the second Test with three wickets each after commanding performances with the ball and Panesar, playing his first test since 2009, more than justified his selection by picking up opener Mohammad Hafeez’s.
Broad, (3-47) had Pakistan wobbling just after lunch when he bowled Younus Khan and Azhar Ali in quick succession to leave the host’s 103-4.
Pakistan briefly rallied through in-form skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (83 not-out) and Asad Shafiq’s stand of 100 before Swann (3-52) removed Shafiq LBW.
Broad and Swann then claimed the wickets of Adnan Akmal and Abdur Rehman before close to leave Panesar salivating over England’s deadly-duo.
Swanny’s got a prolific record against left-handers, and that last wicket [Abdur Rehman] was a great one,” he told the BBC.
“Swanny bowled really well with the second new ball and Jimmy [Anderson] and Stuart Broad upped the ante. We’d have taken that – seven down at end of the day.”
“The whole bowling unit did a fantastic job. From my end there was a bit of turn and we had the right-handed batsmen in play, so the ball turning away helped.
“There was a bit of nerves flying around, but I was really pleased to be back. Hafeez was a nice wicket to get after I dropped him the ball before.”