Panesar loses favour with Moores

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Coach Peter Moores has suggested spinner Monty Panesar has slipped down England's pecking order.

Coach Peter Moores has suggested spinner Monty Panesar has slipped down England's pecking order.

Panesar was tipped to succeed the recently retired Graeme Swann as the Test XI's first-choice pecking order, but an unimpressive stretch of form at county level – and off-field problems – have brought doubt.

"Monty is the most experienced Test match bowler but through other issues he has made it very difficult to look at him at the moment as an option," said Moores. "The key is to put himself up for selection like anyone else. Monty has to get himself in that place."

England are without a specialist spinner for the ongoing two-Test series against Sri Lanka at Lord's and Headingley. Instead, budding all-rounders Joe Root and Moeen Ali have been entrusted with the slow-bowling role.

"I think Ali has the chance at the moment. He is getting better quite quickly. He is going to have to adjust to take wickets as a Test match bowler," added Moores, who succeeded former coach Andy Flower earlier this year.

"We are going to have to identify our next spinner, there's no doubt about that. All sides need the option of a frontline spinner. One, or a couple are going to have to play for us to be able to cover all options – otherwise it is going to be a weakness in our ranks that people will be able to try to exploit."

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