Monty keen to impress

Spinner desperate for England return so working on all-round game

Last Updated: 19/05/10 9:21am

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Monty Panesar says he will show an all-round improvement in his game when he plays for the England Lions against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

"I've settled in very nicely at Sussex and I've had the opportunity to bowl some overs and rediscover my rhythm. I really just want to reconnect and enjoy my cricket again."
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The Sussex spinner has been out of the England set-up since the first Ashes Test in Cardiff last year, where he helped grab a draw with a last-wicket rearguard partnership with James Anderson

The 28-year-old did not impress with the ball though, but has since tried to up his game in not only bowling, but in the batting and fielding departments he famously struggled in.

He has also embraced a change of scenery, with a stint in South Africa's domestic competition during the winter and a change of county - from Northamptonshire to Sussex - this season.

A return to the Test fold is an obvious long-term ambition but for the time being, Panesar's goals are more immediate, with Bangladesh's tour match in Derby with the Lions starting on Wednesday.

Reconnecting

"I've been looking forward to this match and to reconnecting with the England set-up," said Panesar.

"The Ashes Test in Cardiff helped me with my confidence and with my batting and I've been working hard on that - as well as my fielding - to enhance my contribution to the team.

"I've settled in very nicely at Sussex and I've had the opportunity to bowl some overs and rediscover my rhythm. I really just want to reconnect and enjoy my cricket again.

"At the moment I'm enjoying playing a supporting role for Sussex and hopefully, later in the summer when the pitches get a bit drier, I can get some more wickets and make an impact."

Reflecting on his time in South Africa, Panesar added: "I wanted to continue my development and improve my knowledge of the game so I went to Highveld Lions in South Africa and took the responsibility of being an overseas player over there.

"Playing on different pitches against different batsmen helped me adapt my game."

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