Gatting wants Panesar selected

  • Last Updated: November 18 2012, 11:20 GMT

Former captain Mike Gatting believes England got their team selection wrong in the first Test against India and have to learn lessons for the next match.

Monty Panesar: Didn't play in the first Test

Having opted to go with one main spinner in Graeme Swann the tourists saw India post 521 for eight, which Gatting claims put undue pressure on the batsmen.

He thinks they should bring Monty Panesar into the side for the second Test to make more of the conditions on the sub-continent.

"You can see the make-up of the Indian team and the spinners available," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"You have to make a judgement and the people out there made it.

"One might assume you could say we have two spinners in the side already with Samit Patel but on wickets like this you really do need two frontline spinners.

"You can't win matches unless you get runs on the board but, at the same time, by India getting 500 it puts an awful lot of pressure on the batsmen straightaway.

"There is not much they can change (for the second Test) other than whether they play Panesar."

Gatting was also critical of the batting as England were skittled for 191 in the first innings.

They have made a better job of it second time around but the former captain felt the realisation of how they should approach batting had come too late.

"I think they will be disappointed. They had some soft dismissals in there," he added.

"You could see in the second innings the players had a different mindset and it was very good to see the captain (Alastair Cook) leading the way and (Nick) Compton getting stuck in.

"It shows you can bat, you have a method and be patient.

"You can see the way people have got runs out there. You keep it simple and bat all day. You have to take it in small chunks."


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