Sussex spinner Monty Panesar, (can’t field, can’t bat, above average bowler), has been selected instead of Yorkshire’s promising Adil Rashid, who is at least as good a spinner, and an infinitely better fielder and batsmen. Monty Panesar took 52 wickets at 25.53 in the 2nd division last season, and averaged a paltry 11 runs with the bat. Rashid in comparison took 57 wickets at 31, and a batting average of 45 in the top division.
To rub salt into the wounds, Rashid’s Yorkshire team mate Ajmal Shazhad, who could have been more usefully occupied during the summer winning the County Championship for Yorkshire instead of traipsing the country trotting out with the drinks for England, has been overlooked in favour of Surrey’s Chris Tremlett who helped Surrey just avoid finishing bottom of the 2nd division.
Bitter, Moi? You bet!