Discarded England spinner, Monty Panesar feels that his 10 week stint in Sydney will help him improve his game.
Discarded England spinner, Monty Panesar feels that his 10-week stint in Sydney will help him improve his game © Getty Images

 

Sydney: Jan 12, 2014

 

Discarded England spinner, Monty Panesar has admitted that he has extended his stay in Sydney to discover a lot more about his game and character.

 

Panesar, who replaced the retired Graeme Swann in Melbourne, midway through the Ashes series, was completely ignored for the Sydney Test, with debutant Scott Borthwick being preferred by the English think-tank.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Panesar as saying that being dropped helped him to introspect and ask questions of himself in order to evolve as a bowler.

 

Panesar, who has 167 Test wickets in 50 appearances was also reported to be training with the Western Suburbs Cricket Club and spending the rest of his 10 weeks working on his game.

 

Panesar rued missing out on playing against the Aussies on a turning Sydney pitch and hoped that his stint will help him gear up for the upcoming county season.

 

He also admitted on improving his fitness and also hoped that people would help him with his batting and fielding too.

 

Panesar concluded that he would use his Sydney stint to attain personal benchmarks and also give valuable bowling advice to the younger players.