Monty set to make Test return

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Updated: November 22, 2012

England look set to follow the example of their hosts India, and play 2 front line spinners in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which begins tomorrow.

Monty Panesar looks set to be recalled for his 43rd Test at the expense of Tim Bresnan who is not as effective on the flat subcontinent wickets as he is at home or other venues. Panesar, a popular figure with the English supporters due to his elaborate celebrations when he takes a wicket, features for the first time since March, and will share majority of the bowling responsibilities with Swann.

Bresnan might yet get his chance, as news coming from India suggests out of form Stuart Broad was unable to train with the team today, and remained in the hotel due to illness. With Steven Finn still unavailable for selection due to a side strain, England have serious bowling concerns coming into the Test. Finn with his extra pace and bounce would have been the most effective, however his failure to recover in time has left coach Andy Flower with plenty of problems to think about.

To make matters worse, Ian Bell has returned home on paternity leave, with the inexperienced Jonny Bairstow set to take his place. Bairstow has plenty of ability however against spin on Indian wickets, how he will perform is still unknown.

England are certainly up against it before the first ball has even been bowled. Captain Cook has led from the front, it is now time his team followed suit.