Australia to be advised by Panesar

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Ahead of their tour to India, Australia have acquired the services of former England spinner Monty Panesar to advise their spinners on the pitches in the sub-continent.

Interestingly, Panesar is actually without a county team in 2017 after his deal with Northamptonshire expired, leaving him time to try his hand in an advisory role.

In a bid to win their first Test in India since 2004, Australia spinner Steven O’Keefe quipped that the 34-year-old is a welcomed addition to their changing room.

“I won’t be getting too much batting advice off Monty but certainly I’ll be asking for bowling advice,” he said.

“He played in a successful campaign when England won (in India) a couple of series ago and I’ll definitely be picking his brains.

“It’s a good opportunity to head up to Brisbane. They’ve got some spinning wickets and Monty’s got an outstanding Test record and a really good one in India.”