Monty - Moores a revelation

Spinner loving life in the England squad

Last Updated: 23/10/07 9:33am

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Panesar: member of the Peter Moores fan club

Panesar: member of the Peter Moores fan club

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Monty Panesar described England coach Peter Moores as 'a revelation' who is helping to take the national team to 'the next level'.

Moores succeeded Duncan Fletcher in the role at the start of last summer and Panesar feels the former Sussex coach has made a strong impression during his first few months in charge.

England's results under Moores have been mixed, with a Test series win over West Indies at home and the recent one-day success in Sri Lanka the main highlights thus far.


"Peter Moores has been a revelation," Panesar told Sky Sports News.

"The way he has this positivity, this enthusiasm, there is a sense of a relaxed environment where you can confidently express yourself within the England team.

"We have shown that great spirit and I think he will take England to the next level."

Panesar was less effusive about Moores' predecessor Duncan Fletcher, who dropped the left-arm spinner for the first two Tests of the Ashes whitewash in Australia last winter.

"Duncan Fletcher took his time to to make any comments on me," added Panesar.

"But whenever he did they had an impact, that was his style of coaching.

"If he did say anything it did have an impact - it was just one of those things that wasn't meant to be (playing in the first two Tests of the Ashes tour)."


Panesar was part of the England one-day squad which secured their first major limited-overs series triumph in 20 years on the sub-continent with a 3-2 success in Sri Lanka earlier in the month.

But the 25-year-old only played the final match - which England lost - as the all-round talents of Graeme Swann were preferred.

"In cricket there will be times when you don't get a chance to play and there will be times you are selected - that's part of being a cricketer," noted Panesar.

"Graeme Swann is a fantastic cricketer, I've played with him at Northants and we've bowled together as well."

England return to Sri Lanka in December for three Tests and Panesar is confident of success.

"I think we have a good chance," he added. "We have a good team spirit amongst the squad and recently we've shown in the one-dayers how we turned it around after losing the first game."

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