Panesar eager to combat 'ruthless' Aussies

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England spinner Monty Panesar has acknowledged Australia's "ruthless" approach en route to a resounding three-nil Ashes series lead.

England spinner Monty Panesar has acknowledged Australia's "ruthless" approach en route to a resounding three-nil Ashes series lead.

The English were largely dominant in the United Kingdom earlier this year, romping to a comfortable series triumph. The Aussies, however, has since exacted revenge – and will target a whitewash in Melbourne and Sydney.

"Australia have come quite hard at us – and you have to give credit to the Australians, the way they've played their game. They've fought really hard and always put us under pressure, never let us get back in the game," said Panesar.

"They've played a really strong brand of cricket, so we're hungry and determined to show what we can do to them as well. In these next two Tests we want to show what this team is about."

Panesar, who is one Test away from 50, will likely replace fellow slow bowler Graeme Swann in Melbourne. Swann retired from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect last week.

"I hope I can take this opportunity and grab it. It's up to me. I'm looking forward to it and geared up for it. If I can get my game in the right order then I hope I can take this chance," added Panesar.

The uncapped Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell, meanwhile, have been called up. Leg-spinner Borthwick will join the squad before the fourth fixture and off-spinner Tredwell before the fifth.

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