I am hungry to play Test cricket: Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar said he has grown in confidence and that definitely helping his bowling Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Jan 13, 2012

Monty Panesar, who took the plaudits with figures of five for 57 against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI in England s final warm-up, said he is hungry to play Test cricket and is ready for England if the team needs him against Pakistan.

“I m hungry to play Test cricket and if or when the opportunity presents itself I ve got to be ready,” he said,” Panesar was quoting saying in Yorkshire Post.

“I ve given myself an opportunity to get used to the conditions, and given myself a good chance to be ready. So if they want to play two spinners, I m ready to play.”

Panesar said his move from Northants to Sussex two years ago were vital in his comeback as Test bowler.

“I want to be part of this successful England team. I ve been bowling well at Sussex and also had the responsibility of being an overseas player at Randwick Petersham in Sydney and also Highveld Lions.

“That extra responsibility develops you as a person and also helps your game as well.”

“My belief is a lot stronger now. I think going overseas, to Sydney, helps with your self-belief.

“My confidence has grown, and that definitely helps your bowling.

“I ve always stayed hungry to play Test cricket and always worked hard. That s why I moved to Sussex, to better my game and take on a major responsibility leading the bowling attack.”

The 29-year-old sees his near 30-month absence from Test cricket as an important learning curve rather than a fallow period.

“It s been a good period for me, in that I had to come out of my comfort zone,” he said.

“Sometimes you ve got to take a couple of steps back to go forward.

“I just said to myself: ‘I ve got to get in there, work hard and get my hands dirty .

“It s really exciting to have two spinners bowling in tandem, something Swanny and I did at Northants and we re very comfortable bowling with each other and helping each other out,” he added.