Could Monty Panesar become England's top wicket-taker of all time?

Mike Atherton wrote in the actually-pretty-good Opening Up: My Autobiography that Phil Tufnell often felt the pressure when conditions were in his favour and he was expected to take wickets. He was hampered by this and often disappointed on the final day of Test matches.

Monty Panesar doesn't appear to suffer this affliction. Panesar took six second innings wickets to end up with ten for the match in the third Test at Old Trafford.

Panesar seems to expect wickets whenever he bowls, so perhaps there's no additional pressure when conditions favour spin - Panesar's own expectation is already sky-high.

We have an alternative method of dealing with expectation here at King Cricket. Rather than rise to meet it, we publish loads of dross to keep it manageable.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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