ENGLAND spinner Monty Panesar has attempted to deflect criticism from his side’s struggling batsmen by claiming he could have done more to avert Saturday’s embarrassing 10-wicket defeat against Pakistan.
England were dismissed for 72 and conceded the series, but Panesar, who took seven wickets in the match, felt he could have better restricted Pakistan in their first innings.
“Maybe I let the team down in the first innings,” said Panesar, who made a successful return to the side after a two-and-a-half year absence. “I didn’t take wickets at a quick enough rate. [Graeme] Swann kind of carried me.”