Swann insists spin twin Monty is not his rival

ENGLAND spinner Graeme Swann believes there is room in the side for both himself and fellow slow bowler Monty Panesar and insists he doesn’t see the Sussex man as a threat to his place.

Swann has been a virtual ever-present since he replaced Panesar in the Test team two years ago, but was out-bowled by his team-mate on the recent tour of Pakistan.

Panesar took six wickets as England began their tour of Sri Lanka with an innings and 15-run win over a Board President’s XI on Saturday, but Swann is pleased to see the recently recalled Panesar rediscovering his form.

He said: “We need two spinners over here and it’s great Monty is bowling so well and has done since he came back into the team.”