Nick Compton backs Monty Panesar selection for second Ashes Test
Nick Compton believes Monty Panesar can make the difference as England look to level the Ashes series in Adelaide.
Last Updated: 04/12/13 7:24pm
Off-spinner Panesar was not selected for England's emphatic 381-run first-Test defeat in Brisbane, where England went with one slow bowler - Graeme Swann.
However, the Adelaide pitch is expected to be more conducive to spin and Compton believes Panesar and Swann can help the tourists hit back, as they did in India last year, when England lost the first Test but rallied to take the series.
"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 Ahmenabad, in came Monty and between him and Swanny they took 19 wickets and won us the match and then the series."
England have other selection issues to resolve following Jonathan Trott's departure from the tour with a stress-related illness, leaving a gap at number three.
Joe Root and Ian Bell are the leading candidates to bat at three with Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow candidates to come in at number six.
Compton, who has played nine Tests for England, but missed out on selection for the Ashes tour, feels that Root should fill the slot, with Bairstow taking over his Yorkshire team-mate's spot in the order.
"It is difficult to replace world-class players," admitted Compton. "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."
In the last Ashes in Australia in 2010/11, after a drawn first Test, England produced a superb display in Adelaide to win the match by an innings and 71 runs to set up a famous series win.
Compton feels the tourists need at least a draw this time around.
"England need at least a draw, ideally a win because historically Australia are very good in Perth," he added.