‘Monty has been England’s lucky charm’, says Nick Compton

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“I remember last year when we got demolished in Ahmedabad, in came Monty and between him and Swanny they took 19 wickets and won us the match and then the series”

England opening batsman Nick Compton has announced that the national selectors made the right choice by including spinner Monty Panesar in the squad for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Compton added that England stand a great chance of levelling the series, especially since “Monty has been England’s lucky charm”.

“I would play Monty Panesar as the extra bowler,” Compton told Sky Sports. “Monty has been England’s lucky charm.

“I remember last year when we got demolished in Ahmedabad, in came Monty and between him and Swanny they took 19 wickets and won us the match and then the series.”

Speaking about the number three spot dilemma, Compton noted that Joe Root should take over the position, which was made vacant when Jonathan Trott returned home with a stress-related illness.

He also stated that Ian Bell should retain his normal spot and Jonny Bairstow should come in at number six.

“It is difficult to replace world-class players,” Compton said. “Jonathan Trott has been a major part of England’s stability in the batting line-up over the last four years and him leaving the tour is a real blow.

“But it does open a gap and gives someone a chance to stake a claim and I think Joe Root will be the one. He has opening experience and being in the top three is a very specialist position.

“He played the short-pitched bowling of Mitchell Johnson quite well in the second innings in Brisbane and I think he will be the guy to go up.

“I’d be less keen to move Ian Bell up the order, given he has been up there before and also been so successful at number five.

“I’d also give Jonny Bairstow a go. It says ‘we back you’. He played Dale Steyn very well against South Africa, which shows he is up for the fight.”

Compton finished off by saying that if England cannot win this match, it must at least end as a draw since Australia have a great record in Perth, which will be the location for the third Test.

“England need at least a draw, ideally a win because historically Australia are very good in Perth,” he said.

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