Monty or Minotaur

England is yet to pick the last man of their squad to tour India. The contenders for the final slot are the turban-clad Mudhsuden Singh (Monty) Panesar, the portly Ian Blackwell and the can-bowl-doosra Alex (Minotaur) Loudon. BBC has a piece on the strengths and weaknesses of each of these bowlers.

The Indian batsmen will surely scar Blackwell to death if he gets picked. He is really at best a containing ODI bowler - someone who 'll find it real hard to run through the Indian batting lineup even on a square turner. That leaves us with either Monty or Minotaur. The former can't bat or field and the latter is more of a batsman than a bowler. I haven't seen either of them in action, but on paper Monty seems to be the best bet. Given the problems that inexperienced-bowlers-who-bowl-the-doosra (Johan Botha for example) have in the sub-continent, Monty is a safe option for an important tour like this.

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